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HR Port Commission approves aerial mapping contract

By SUE RYAN

News staff writers

December 23, 2006

Under a new arrangement approved by port commissioners Tuesday night, Terra Surveying Inc. will photograph, survey and map the Hood River waterfront.

Executive Director Michael McElwee explained that while the recent addition of sand from the Nov. 7 flood resulting in a delta is one factor, that there are additional reasons the maps are needed.

“The most current aerial photographs we have are from 1987,” McElwee said. “We need to update our databases.”

The survey will look at the height, depth and width of the new delta and the contours of the waterfront under a $17,000 contract. Commissioner Hoby Streich asked whether they should consider waiting to see if the new sand deposit shifts in the springtime. McElwee responded that because the data is also for other purposes, it’s important to move ahead with it now for feasibility and planning. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the contract.

In other business, they changed the governance policy for the waterfront recreation committee to have seven members because of recent interest by two community members for the one vacant position. The commission appointed Laney Gale and Doug Archbald to the committee. Both are members of the Hood River Yacht Club.

Gale is a nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She said her interest was related to sailing and she wished to participate in discussions about the waterfront and its recreational opportunities.

Archbald is a Realtor for Don Nunamaker Realtors in Hood River. He said he wants to play an active role in the future of waterfront recreation but is also interested in helping to define the big picture of what the waterfront will look like in Hood River.

In other business, the port:

* Approved a two-month extension for the use of port property for Wi-Fi equipment with United Telephone Company.

* Heard that a retirement party will be held for Loyd Crown Friday at 11:30 at the port offices. Crown has worked for the port for 19 years.

* Cancelled its Jan. 2 meeting.

* Heard a presentation on the move of port offices to the marina building.

* Heard a request from Western Antiques Airplane and Automobile Museum to name the adjacent access road the Airport Museum Road.

* Heard an update on the toll plaza project. Workers installed a new guardrail last week and will finish construction of a temporary toll booth in January.

* Announced that slots for positions 4 and 5 of the commission will be open in the spring election May 15, 2007. The last day to file for candidacy is March 15.

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