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  • Port Director Joy Baker

    Harbormaster Lucas Stotts

    Nome Port Commission Jim West, Jr., Chairman

    Charlie Lean, Vice Chairman

    Doug Johnson Mike Sloan Iura Leahu

    Rolland Trowbridge, Secretary Bryant Hammond

    102 Division St. P.O. Box 281 Nome, Alaska 99762

    (907) 443-6619

    Fax (907) 443-5473

    AGENDA NOME PORT COMMISSION

    July 16, 2015 REGULAR MEETING ~ 5:30 PM

    COUNCIL CHAMBERS

    I. ROLL CALL

    II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

    III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    05.21.15 Regular Meeting

    IV. CITIZENS COMMENTS

    V. COMMUNICATIONS

    05.22.15 Murkowski Efforts Promote Alaskas Ports, Harbors & Roads

    06.03.15 McDowell Group Port Development Services

    06.09.15 Mayor Michels AWSC Trip Report

    06.17.15 Mayors Promise of the Arctic Report

    07.01.15 Updated Property Lease Summary

    VI. CITY MANAGER REPORT VII. HARBORMASTER REPORT

    Verbal Update

    VIII. PORT DIRECTOR REPORT/PROJECTS UPDATE

    Port Projects Status Report June 2015

    Mid Dock Progress Report 07.13.15

    Snake River Boat Lift Concepts w/Cost Estimates

    IX. OLD BUSINESS

    X. NEW BUSINESS

    XI. CITIZENS COMMENTS

    XII. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

    XIII. NEXT REGULAR MEETING

    August 20, 2015 5:30 pm - Regular Meeting IV. ADJOURNMENT

  • MINUTES NOME PORT COMMISSION PAGE 1 REGULAR MEETING May 21, 2015

    MINUTES NOME PORT COMMISSION

    REGULAR MEETING MAY 21, 2015

    The regular meeting of the Nome Port Commission was called to order at 5:30 pm by Chairman Lean in City Hall, located at 102 Division Street. ROLL CALL Members Present: Bryant Hammond; Doug Johnson; Charlie Lean; Mike Sloan; Members Absent: Iura Leahu; Rolland Trowbridge; Jim West (All excused) Also Present: Joy Baker, Port Director; Lucas Stotts, Harbormaster; Monica Gomez, Office

    Manager In the audience: Francesca Fenzi, KNOM; Ken Hughes, Grant Wilkins, Sandra Medearis, Nome

    Nugget APPROVAL OF AGENDA Commissioner Lean asked if there were any changes to the agenda.

    A motion was made by F. Hammond and seconded by G. Sloan to approve the agenda as presented.

    At the roll call:

    Ayes: Lean, Johnson, Hammond, SLoan Nays: Abstain: The main motion CARRIED. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Three regular meeting minutes were presented for approval. January 15, 2015 Meeting - A motion was made by Lean, seconded by Johnson to approve. At the roll call: Ayes: Johnson, Hammond, Sloan, Lean Nays: The motion CARRIED. March 19, 2015 Meeting - A motion was made by Hammond, seconded by Sloan to approve. At the roll call: Ayes: Hammond, Sloan, Lean, Johnson Nays: The motion CARRIED.

  • MINUTES NOME PORT COMMISSION PAGE 2 REGULAR MEETING May 21, 2015

    April 15, 2015 Meeting - A motion was made by Sloan, seconded by Hammond to approve.

    At the roll call: Ayes: Sloan, Lean, Johnson, Hammond Nays: Abstain: The motion CARRIED.

    CITIZENS COMMENTS Kenny Hughes spoke about needing to have more packets available for the public, as well as electronic access during the meetings. Hughes also stated he was interested in the Port Commission view on the dredge study and hearing the discussion on the Middle Beach Park project. Sandra Medearis also spoke on the packet availability and urges the City to provide more hard copy and electronic access for the Public. COMMUNICATIONS A. April 2015 Nome Suction Dredge Study

    Commissioner Hammond stated he was disappointed in the time it took to get the study published and it was not as extensive as he had hoped. Chairman Lean stated that it was bad timing and it missed the last two years of mining activity. Not impressed, but it does point out the dredging is important to the community of Nome and talks about the local participation, but it does not completely capture how many people are involved. Lucas Stotts stated that some new miners in the community found that the material was helpful for them. Joy Baker asked Kenny Hughes if the AMA was asked to comment on the study. Kenny Hughes answered no, not prior to publication, and clearly some of the data was from previous reports. Lean also stated had it been released earlier it may have been viewed as a better report and more useful.

    B. April 2015 USCG 2015 Arctic Ops Environmental Assessment link C. 04.21.15 CBJ NOAA Letter to AK Delegation D. 04.21.15 NOAA Fisheries Task Force Report

    Hammond stated that although this report focused more on Southeast and Kodiak and not on our region, the overall intent to bring research staff to Alaska for the States fisheries is a good thing. Sloan commented that there is a need for jobs for the students that are going through the fishery program so they can work somewhere besides Seattle. Lean stated he had an extended relative onboard one of the vessels doing the hydrographic work in Alaska this summer. Johnson added that one of the main concerns is efforts to continue bringing folks in from the outside to do the fisheries work, when they are not employed within or familiar with the State.

    E. 04.29.15 Mayors Report

  • MINUTES NOME PORT COMMISSION PAGE 3 REGULAR MEETING May 21, 2015

    Joy Baker indicated the report reflects trip notes from the Mayors City travel.

    F. 05.01.15 NOAA Project Kickoff Invitation G. 05.14.15 USCG Teleconference on Proposed Dredge Vessel Inspections

    Joy Baker stated that the teleconference had already occurred, but provided as info to the Commission. There were some good question by the callers, but the call was shorter than what was advertised by the USCG. They basically reiterated that they will be in educational mode to ensure that the dredge fleet understood all of the new regulations prior to beginning enforcement.

    CITY MANAGERS REPORT None provided HARBORMASTERS REPORT Lucas Stotts stated the season is up and running. Monica Gomez has been hired for the new

    office manager. Believes that they have a Harbor Assistant and Dock Watch/Office Assistant lined out, just waiting for the paperwork. Phoenix Marine launched one of their jack-up barges, and all together will have three barges this season. The first gravel delivery will be sometime in early June. Being an early breakup, it will allow City crews to put the bumpers and ladders in the water in the next few weeks.

    PORT DIRECTOR/PROJECTS UPDATE Port Projects Status Report May 2015 Joy Baker stated that the City is again actively looking into

    some river development funding sources. The ADOT 50/50 Harbor grant has been made available, but only covers specific components such as floating docks, uplands development and armor stone shore protection. Ineligible components are dredging and sheet pile. The City is trying to identify an alternative funding partner for the river development, and looking into perhaps folding a travel lift component into the project. Funding constraints may require the project to be built in phases. It is possible that the state will go 50/50 on the haul-out infrastructure; we are currently awaiting an answer to that question.

    Lean mentioned development upstream of the bridge between there and Bering Air, and

    whether some of this land near their snow dump area could serve as a landing area for small vessels. This area is already deeper, but the limiting constraint will be the height of the vessels that can get under the new bridge. It would serve as good storm refuge for small craft.

    OLD BUSINESS

    There was none NEW BUSINESS

    Middle Beach Project Draft Plan for Review Lean mentioned they first saw this plan at the last meeting. Joy Baker stated that the draft plan was received too late to make the last meeting agenda/packet, so was included on this meetings agenda. Lean commented that whoever put this plan together is not familiar with the weather, water and gravel that Nome has for growing this type of vegetation. Lean doesnt

  • MINUTES NOME PORT COMMISSION PAGE 4 REGULAR MEETING May 21, 2015

    feel that the location is compatible, but likes the idea of open area for the community. Kenny Hughes mentions that the shrubs are safe with saltwater. There are concerns and questions on who is going to maintain the restrooms, crime and also the maintenance of the facility, as well as the proximity to the summer USACE dredging discharge operations. Further concern is a negative impact to the Iditarod dog lot area. Bringing in Frisbee golf to the area is an idea the committee agrees would be good to have.

    CITIZENS COMMENTS Kenny Hughes mentioned dock side fueling; he has talked to NSEDC and Crowley regarding dock side fueling. Joy Baker states that discussions have occurred with both BFI and Crowley, but no one has put forth any formal plans to date. Lucas added that several conversations have taken place regarding where to place the dock side fueling station. Sandra Medearis commented that with other beaches being slated as limited or no access, the only beach remaining for the public to access for enjoyment is Middle Beach. Perhaps public restrooms and bar-b-que stands could be made available to the public for use. COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS 1) Commissioner Ha