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Port of Kalama awards marina parkway enhancement project to firm employing environmentally-friendly practices

The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded the Marine Drive Trail Improvement Project to P. R. Worth, Inc., a Kelso-based civil site work development contractor serving the Pacific Northwest. The project commences the week of March 14 to enhance pathways, landscaping and beautify the Port’s riverfront marina parkway. It is expected to run through mid-summer as the contract has provisions that allow construction to be suspended during the peak spring fishing season when the boat launch and parking are heavily used.

P.R. Worth utilizes best practices and equipment to ensure their projects are environmentally sound.

“We are very conscientious that this project is adjacent to the Columbia River and Port marina area so as a proactive measure we are using 100% water soluble biodegradable hydraulic fluid in our equipment—completely carbon and oil free to fully protect the environment and waterways,” says Preston Worth, President, P. R. Worth, Inc.

Worth adds that in an effort to reduce any carbon footprint associated with the project he commits to buying all products within 100 miles of the Port of Kalama. All subcontractors on the project have been hired locally as well.

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The marina boardwalk and the pathways to the south of the Port administration building into the park will be open to visitors during construction. Some pathways will be obstructed at the north end of Marine Drive while landscaping and improvements take place though detours will be well-marked. Visitors will still have access to Marine and Rasmussen parks and parking facilities.

Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project.  The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by mid-summer.

For additional information, call us at 360-673-2325.

 

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DEIS is more pages than the Encyclopedia?

Yes, the just released Draft EIS for the Proposed Methanol Facility clocks at in at more than 1,000 pages. The printed version is more than 4 inches thick!

So while the port won’t be printing a lot of copies, we do want to make it easy for the public to access and review the DEIS.

Printed copies are available for review at:

  • Port of Kalama Administrative Office, 110 West Marine Drive, Kalama
  • Cowlitz County Department of Building and Planning, 207 4th Avenue N., Kelso
  • Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview
  • Kelso Public Library, 351 Three Rivers Road, Kelso

 

The document is also available online at: kalamamfgfacilitysepa.com

The public comment period began March 3 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on April 18, 2016. A public hearing will be held on March 22, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kalama High School Gymnasium, 548 China Garden Road, Kalama.

The DEIS study was done by expert consultants and covers many issues. The document is organized by 15 chapters and includes 16 appendices. Some of the chapters are long – the Air Quality chapter is 81 pages, for example, and the Risk Assessment chapter is 63 pages.

We value comments from our community!

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We want you to know: Port of Kalama plans trail improvements and enhanced landscaping on West Marine Drive

New parkway trails, landscaping and parking facilities are coming soon to the Port of Kalama at the north end of Marine Drive. The plans call for tree-lined berms, rain gardens, improved parking and walking trails along the Columbia River.

The marina boardwalk and the pathways to the south of the Port administration building into the park will be open to visitors during construction. Some pathways will be obstructed at the north end of Marine Drive while landscaping and improvements take place though detours will be well-marked.

Visitors will still have access to Marine and Rasmussen parks and parking facilities.  During construction, drivers will be advised of temporary routes and parking via signage on the premises.  The contract also has provisions that allow construction to be suspended during the peak spring fishing season when the boat launch and parking are heavily used.

 

Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project.  The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by late summer.

“The pathways have become a very popular recreational destination for pedestrians and bicyclists, while the marina is a busy hub for boating and fishing. These improvements will further enhance the safety for all who use the Port’s recreational facilities,” says Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Port of Kalama. “We thank Cowlitz County for their contribution to the project.”

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BNSF railway construction activities scheduled to commence at Todd Road/Hendrickson Drive/Toteff Road crossing at Port of Kalama

In order to accommodate scheduled BNSF railroad upgrades at Port of Kalama, Phase One construction commences this week at the Todd Road/Hendrickson Drive/Toteff Road crossing. Impact to traffic will be minimal, but drivers are urged to be aware of the increased trucks and heavy machinery entering the area and some lane closures for paving.

The construction activities will take place in three phases: Phase One construction of a new crossing at Hendrickson Drive is scheduled from Tuesday, February 16 to June 2, 2016. Phase Two includes construction of a new crossing at Toteff Road and is scheduled from June 3 to June 22, 2016. Traffic implications during the first two phases are minimal. Phase Three, the week of June 23 through June 30, 2016, will require a full road closure of Toteff Road from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Residents and businesses impacted by the Phase Three road closure will be notified 30 days in advance and an emergency response access plan will be approved in advance by appropriate authorities. Other Port business will not be impacted by the upgrades to the railroad crossings.

For more information, call Megan Reagan, Manager Engineering, BNSF Railway Co., 206-625-6413 or 206-423-4371 cell.

 

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Flood damage assessment and repair begin at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park

The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded a contract for the flood damage assessment, clean-up and repairs at Haydu Park. The ‘time and materials contract’ was awarded to Tapani, Inc., the same company contracted to build out Haydu, for a not-to-exceed $350,000. Work at the park and on the fields begins immediately and progress will be dependent on weather.

According to Port officials, Port maintenance crews have been working to clean up roads, sidewalks and buildings from the moment the water began receding. Tapani’s work will focus on restoring the fields, fencing, and storm water and irrigation systems.

“Just as Mother Nature impacted business at the Port in December with high winds, rain and flooding, the repairs and clean-up at Haydu will be dependent on the weather and the sogginess of the fields,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We are eager to complete the damage assessment and to get the park reopened to the general public as soon as we can.”

General business activity at the Port will not be interrupted during this time.

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Truckloads of sand to begin moving from Steelscape site to Spencer Creek Business Park

Kalama locals may see truckloads of sand moving from the Steelscape warehouse site across the freeway to the future home of Spencer Creek Business Park in the next few weeks. Sand has been used to compact the land for the building of the new Steelscape warehouses. That sand now transitions to provide the same land compacting at the proposed business park. Should you have any questions about the process, please call 360/673-2325.

 

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Festival of Lighted Boats rescheduled for Saturday, December 19, due to high winds

Holiday cheer will still sail through Kalama this December but one week later than planned. The first annual Festival of Lighted Boats has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to area flooding and weather conditions. The Kalama Chamber of Commerce next week welcomes the stunning holiday boat parade produced by the Dolphin Yacht Club.

The event promises holiday fun for the entire family with music and caroling, festive food and drink and crafts. The Lighted Boat Parade will last about an hour to an hour and a half and is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.

“We believe Kalama’s first-ever holiday boat parade will showcase some of the best traits of our little town—the most beautiful waterfront park in the region and a community that comes together like family,” says event organizer, Taryn Nelson, president of the Kalama Chamber. “The Festival of Lighted Boats is sure to cheer families around the region.”

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The Dolphin Yacht Club, which participates in a holiday boat parade in Camas/Washougal, eyes the Kalama’s Marine Park as an ideal setting to launch the popular family event.

“The yacht club approached the Chamber about a partnership to add on-the-ground activities and entertainment which we believe will attract a new audience to Kalama’s core,” says Nelson.

Families who join in the fun will find a cheery holiday celebration including:

  • Narrated Lighted Boat Parade
  • Live music (Kalama and Woodland High School Choirs & elementary school performances)
  • Santa Photo Booth
  • Warm beverages
  • Chili, nachos, caramel corn
  • Holiday crafts and more

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Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners Meeting Cancelled Tonight Due to Flooding

The Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners meeting is cancelled this evening because of limited road access in and around the Port due to flooding. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please stay safe as you navigate our roads.

For more information, call (360) 673-2325.

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Port of Kalama is now accepting applications for Grounds Keeper Position

The Port of Kalama is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Grounds Keeper.  All applications must be received by 5:00 PM Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Port of Kalama office at 110 W Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625. This position requires a high school diploma, have the ability to speak, read, write, and understand English, and have a minimum (5) years of experience in maintaining  parks, golf courses or sports complexes in turf management; tree, shrub, and plant maintenance; installing and repairing irrigation; and operating zero turn and self-contained hydraulic driven contour mowers. The salary range is between $40,000 – $48,000 per year plus benefits.

Grounds Keeper Job Description
Application

All applicants will be subject to a background check and aptitude, skills and drug testing.

All applicants MUST obtain Port of Kalama application and job description at the Port office or from the Port website at www.portofkalama.com

All applications/resumes should be sent to:

Port of Kalama

Attn: Grounds Keeper Position

110 W Marine Drive

Kalama, WA 98625

The Port of Kalama is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please contact the Port at 360-673-2325 or pok@portofkalama.com with any questions.

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Port of Kalama named Washington State Port of the Year

The Washington Public Ports Association has honored the Port of Kalama with the President’s Port of the Year Award for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve the community’s quality of life. Port of Kalama commissioners received the award at the WPPA annual meeting recently in Seattle, Washington.

The Port of Kalama this year celebrates an extensive list of awards, recognition, community infrastructure projects, new contracts and acclaim as an approachable, business-friendly climate for businesses of all sizes

  • Several Port businesses have chosen to expand their operations and several new businesses now call the Port of Kalama ‘home;’
  • New infrastructure projects like the new 24-acre recreational facility, Haydu Park, were completed in 2015;
  • Among numerous awards, the Port earned the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality, which awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages.

 

 

Port of Kalama set to develop new commercial property

The City of Kalama Planning Commission recently approved the Port of Kalama’s Master Plan to develop 70 acres of Port property to make way for the anticipated Spencer Creek Business Park. The City and Port together earned the 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their collaboration on planning the multi-use business property which is expected to boost the region’s available commercial property, economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base. Click for aerial video of Spencer Creek Business Park.

 

“The Port’s mission is to ‘induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.’ These projects collectively further every aspect of the Port’s mission to contribute to an economically thriving, successful and livable region,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “We are so honored to provide such substantial enhancements that will serve the Port’s business community for years to come.”

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