Port approves $7.26 million budget

2016 plan includes waterfront park playground

Capital improvement projects that the Port of Camas-Washougal has scheduled for next year are expected to occur at the marina, industrial park and Grove Field Airport.

Port commissioners approved the $7.26 million budget during their Nov. 16 meeting.

It includes dredging by the marina ($450,000), engineering services for the Grant Street extension in the industrial park ($140,000), and the replacement of runway and beacon pole lighting at Grove Field ($200,000).

Other marina projects include the addition of seven WaveRunner stalls ($15,000) and engineering for upper marina electrical for rows A through E ($25,000).

Parks projects include an interactive playground at Washougal Waterfront Park at the Port ($15,000) and the design of wayfinding signage ($32,850).

Ward said the design of signage for the waterfront area could be done for less.

“We need a master plan for that entire 40-acre section — in conjunction with Killian– that will illustrate what that development will look like, so for parties interested in that area we can show them what the final product is shaping up to be,” Ward said.

Port Executive Director David Ripp and Commissioner John Spencer plan to meet with Lance Killian in January, to discuss waterfront development.

A mixed-use development is among the components of a Parker’s Landing LLC project, on a portion of the former Hambleton Lumber Company property at 335 S. “A” St., Washougal. The LLC is represented by Killian, of Killian Pacific, a commercial real-estate development and investment company.

Ripp has said joint marketing efforts with Killian Pacific are planned, in an effort to create interest in the waterfront project as well as the building known as the Black Pearl.

Industrial park projects in the port’s 2016 budget include engineering for Building 18, in the Steigerwald Commerce Center ($225,000), chip sealing Index Street ($120,000) and pavement repair of the rail crossing at Fiberweb and 28th Street.

The capital improvement projects include a carryover of $915,000 from this year. $900,000 of that pertains to the waterfront trail and park project, and $15,000 is budgeted for a marina management system.

Port Finance Director Kim Noah said the marina system will be an online tool for people to lease marina slips via the port’s website, rather than having to visit the port office.

“We are currently in the map design phase and will have that out on our website in the next couple months, then we will move to designing the capabilities for people to actually reserve a slip,” she said.

The 2016 port budget can be viewed at the port office, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal, and online at www.portcw.com.