Regular Meeting of the Port of Chelan County

Thursday, February 4, 2010

M e e t i n g H i g h l i g h t s

Lake Chelan Airport Update

Executive Director Mark Urdahl reported that he, Commissioner Mike Mackey, Port planning consultant Lisa Parks, and Pat Moore met with City of Chelan staff, County planning staff, and Commissioner Doug England to discuss the status of the Lake Chelan Airport Overlay and the possibility of interim land use regulations to prevent incompatible development around the airport (while the airport property is in the city limits, the County controls land use regulations in the surrounding areas).

The Port has previously stated that it does not intend to make capital contributions to airport expansion without appropriate regulations regarding incompatible land uses in the impact area. The Commission formally directed Urdahl to ask the City of Chelan to join with the Port to request that the County more closely examine the feasibility of establishing interim regulations to preclude certain incompatible land uses in the vicinity of the Lake Chelan Airport until such time as the County’s Comprehensive Plan can address this issue.

Pangborn Airport Manager Salary Range

The commissioners considered establishing a salary range as recommended by consultant Pat Jones of Jones Strategic. They ultimately agreed upon a range of $74,000 to $105,000 per year, subject to concurrence by the Port of Douglas County, and will discuss offering a competitive benefits package at a later date. It was noted that the present airport director, Pat Moore, earns $80,000; however, Moore stated that the skill sets that will be required for the new director, in view of expanding demands by the FAA and future construction projects, will require a higher salary level in order to attract candidates with the requisite skills.

Peshastin Site Market Analysis RFQ

Executive Director Mark Urdahl recommended that that the Port proceed to select and retain a real estate consulting firm to analyze potential development scenarios for the Peshastin property.

This would precede any architectural site planning. Under the new personal services contracting statute the Port is required to establish a competitive process to select the consultant. The commission authorized Urdahl to issue a request for qualifications, similar to that which was issued for the Pybus feasibility study, and to empanel a selection committee comprised of one commissioner, the Port real estate consultant and the Port’s executive director. The cost for this project is estimated at $50,000, and funds for this purpose have been included in the Port’s 2010 budget.

GWATA Economic Development Agreement

The Commission approved an economic development partnership agreement with the Greater Wenatchee Technology Alliance in support of the Port’s technology industry cluster development efforts. The agreement provides GWATA with $20,000 in 2010. A separate lease provides for discounted rent of small office space in the Confluence Technology Center.

For Additional Information Contact: Mark Urdahl, Executive Director 509-663-5159