Port Welcomes Coburn; New Manager Named for Marina; Klindt Cove, Dufur Park on State Grant Short List; Scenic Area Issues Top Outreach Team Agenda; Cherry Drop Returns; Wetlands Plan Wins State OK
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Port Welcomes Coburn

Port of The Dalles Commissioners are pleased to welcome Staci L. Coburn, Chief Financial Officer at Duckwall Fruit in Odell, as the newest commission member.

“The commissioners are excited to have Staci on board,” says Greg Weast, Commission Chair. “She has been involved with our community and will bring a fresh new set of skills on board.”

Staci has been active in the local community in a variety of ways, including donating her time to St. Mary's Academy Projects, serving on The Dalles Swim Team and Habitat for Humanity boards, as a member of the Patient Partnership Council for MCMC and as Logistics Coordinator for The Dalles Relay for Life.

“I believe so strongly in all the hard-working people of The Dalles," Staci says. "I want to see the town be what we want it to be. I want it to flourish, have family-wage jobs, have kids who go off to school and come back and build businesses.”

Coburn enjoys spending time with her busy family including her husband of 24 years, Mark, and three active young boys, Spencer, Skyler and Sterling.

New Manager
Named for Marina

A new management firm, The Dalles Marina LLC, was unanimously selected to lease and operate The Dalles Marina. The firm is expected to take over operations from the Port of The Dalles once the details of a lease agreement can be negotiated.

A Marina management subcommittee made the recommendation after meeting over the past five months. The committee received and reviewed three proposals, and met with all three interested parties about their approaches to managing the private side of the Marina.

At its Aug. 10 meeting, the Port Commission unanimously voted for Port staff to begin discussions on the agreement with The Dalles Marina LLC.

"The Dalles Marina LLC presented a particularly strong business plan," says Andrea Klaas, Port Executive Director. "It's partners bring a solid financial background and extensive marina management experience."

The decision came about in response to a directive from the Port Commission in late 2015 to get the Port out of the private marina management business, which doesn't sync with the Port's primary mission of supporting the creation, retention, expansion, and recruitment of businesses and jobs that will enhance the community of the Port District.

Klindt Cove, Dufur Park on
State Grant Short List

Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park and Dufur City Park have been recommended for project funding by the review committee for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Small Grant program.

The Port of The Dalles applied for the Klindt Cove grant and provided technical assistance for the Dufur City Park grant through our involvement with the Wasco County Economic Development Commission.

The Klindt Cove plan envisions some expansion onto adjacent Port land, addition of a children's play area, expansion of parking and electrical hookups for food trucks or other specialized equipment. The park has already seen some access improvements this year made by The Dalles Kiwanis.

The park enhancement plan was conceived by Kathy Norton, Assistant to the Executive Director.

"It will be fun to take this vision and make it a reality," Kathy says. The park will continue to be a partnership between the Port and Kiwanis.

The Dufur City Park grant would pay for addition of a handicapped-accessible restroom. The existing restroom is difficult to access, particularly by wheelchair. The new facility will be closer to the park's athletic fields, where the town's senior citizens like to gather and watch games.

Scenic Area Issues Top Outreach Team Agenda

The Dalles Community Outreach Team is bound for Washington D.C. in September in the hope of gaining federal support on two issues critical to the community's economic strength: expansion of the Urban Area boundary that currently separates The Dalles from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and fulfillment of Congress' commitment to fund gorge economic development through the Oregon and Washington Investment Boards.

Land available for development and population growth is increasingly constrained in The Dalles. The city is proposing to bring 600 acres of new land into its Urban Area, but the Columbia River Gorge Commission that manages the Scenic Area has not yet developed a process to consider expansion of the Urban Area. The Outreach Team hopes to gain federal support as The Dalles works to engage the Gorge Commission and Scenic Area stakeholders in a consensus process to develop guidelines for urban area expansion.

In addition, the Outreach Team hopes to obtain a new infusion of promised federal funding to support the Scenic Area's economic development loans and grants program. The Scenic Act provided for $10 million to fund grants and lending through the two state investment boards. Just short of $2 million remains to be delivered. The funding will increase the investment boards' local financing capacity to support the regional economy.
CHERRY DROP RETURNS: Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas and Marketing Manager Kathy Ursprung made sure our partners in Portland know how sweet it is to live and work in The Dalles by making their second annual Cherry Drop, featuring some of the best cherries our countryside has to offer. "We wanted to show our appreciation to a dozen or so partner organizations that we work with with," says Kathy. "It was also a chance to remind them that we are here and ready to do business."

Wetlands Plan Wins State OK

In July, the Port of The Dalles received approval from the Department of State Lands of an Advance Aquatic Resource Plan intended to help provide more certainty for developers undertaking the wetlands permitting process on The Dalles industrial lands.

Over the past few years, potential developers have experienced severe delays working through the existing permitting process. The Advance Aquatic Resource Plan process looked at 300 acres of industrial land under five different owners, most of the undeveloped industrial land, and developed a strategy that allowed much of the work of identifying wetlands and finding ways to compensate for disturbance of wetlands to be done before a developer arrives on the scene. The plan has also been through a public review process, which means that a developer that follows the plan won't face the potential of a lengthy review and appeal process.

Use of the plan is voluntary, but offers the potential to save significant time on a completed permit application.

The Port sponsored the project with funding from the land owners, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission, the Infrastructure Finance Authority, the City of The Dalles, Oregon Investment Board, and the Department of State Lands.

While the state plan is in place, approval is still pending through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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