Pier Side: Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank tops Thursday's agenda

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Port of Tacoma's Pier Side e-newsletter

Oct. 16, 2017

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Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank tops this week’s commission agenda

Commissioners will consider at their Oct. 19 meeting the Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank interlocal agreement with multiple stakeholders. They also will look at funding the ongoing cleanup of the head of the Hylebos with another $241,000 and extending the collective bargaining agreement with ILWU Local 28 Terminal Security Officers through April 30, 2018.

In addition, commissioners will hear annual updates from the World Trade Center Tacoma, the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. The meeting starts at noon. See the full agenda. 

Commission meetings are held in Room 104 of the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings are streamed live.

Tacoma port commissioners to consider 2018 budget at two upcoming meetings

Port of Tacoma commissioners have scheduled two public meetings to consider the port’s 2018 budget and tax levy.

The first budget meeting on Nov. 2 will include an in-depth look at the 2018 operating budget and tax levy, 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and 2019-2022 financial forecast. Commissioners will invite public comment at this meeting.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s 2018 operating budget and CIP are an integral parts of the Port of Tacoma’s budget. The alliance’s Managing Members will consider those proposals at their Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 meetings.

Community members are encouraged to attend the Nov. 2 Port of Tacoma meeting to hear how the port’s budget is formed and provide input before the budget vote happens at the Nov. 14 meeting.

More information about the draft budget is available on the port’s website at www.portoftacoma.com/budget. Hard copies of the presentation will be available at the port administration building and at both meetings.

The Nov. 14 meeting will include a public hearing to formally adopt the 2018 statutory budget, tax levy and authorization to bank excess tax levy capacity.

Both meetings begin at noon in Room 104 of the Fabulich Center at 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. in Tacoma. The public is encouraged to attend. Meetings also are streamed live from the port’s website and archived for viewing on demand.

Guardians of the Gateway workshop to help veterans seek job opportunities at ports


The Port of Tacoma, the Port of Seattle and The Northwest Seaport Alliance are pleased to partner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer veterans expedited and preferential hiring, as well as locational preference to ensure a job right here in Puget Sound.

Jobs at our seaports and airport offer numerous opportunities for veterans and transitional military personnel, from police teams such as K-9, dive team, bomb disposal and marine patrol to container terminal security officers.

The Guardians of the Gateway Veterans Career Workshop will be held on Nov. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Beijing Room at the Conference Center at Sea-Tac International Airport at 17801 International Blvd. in SeaTac.

The free workshop will include employer representatives who will brief veterans and transitioning military personnel on application processes, salaries and benefits, open positions and career growth opportunities.

Click here to register for the Guardians of the Gateway career workshop.

NWSA signs lease with SSA Marine to manage Matson’s Tacoma terminal

SSA Marine has taken over stevedoring and terminal services for Matson at The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Tacoma terminal.

The 10-year lease for the West Sitcum Terminal authorized by the NWSA Managing Members became effective immediately.

The Tacoma terminal, operated by APM Terminals since 1985, was the only Matson terminal on the West Coast not already managed by SSA Marine.

Matson announced in April that it would transition to SSA Marine’s services when APM Terminals’ lease ended Dec. 31. APM Terminals gave notice that it would end its lease early, on Sept. 30.

Matson provides two weekly services to Alaska. Operations at the West Sitcum Terminal support 200 jobs.

Read Matson’s news release announcing the partnership.

Port of Tacoma stormwater facility takes center stage at StormCon bus tour


We showed off the Port of Tacoma’s award-winning biofiltration stormwater treatment system recently at the West Hylebos Log Yard to a group of public officials and civil engineers from across the country. The tour was part of StormCon, the world's largest conference for surface water quality professionals.

The bioretention system in the South Harbor was installed in 2013 and helps remove toxic pollutants from stormwater at the log yard. The infrastructures are filled with compost and gravely sand and are home to two types of bamboo and 30 different kinds of grass and sedges.