04/11/2018: "FH Port Holds Hearing & Purchases Jensen Shipyard, But Few Show Up"
(Jensen Shipyard -file photo)
On Wednesday the Port of Friday Harbor agreed to purchase Jensen Shipyard for $2 and quarter million, and will now finalize a contract with an off island company to manage the shipyard.
The agenda announcing there would be a public hearing on the purchase of Jensen Shipyard was posted on the port webpage at 3:24 p.m.; just in time be within 24 hours of the meeting. But, there was a problem. Opening the webpage presented one page listing agenda items. There was no indication if there was more than the one page; but if one knew enough to put a cursor on the page, then a bar showed on the bottom that allow the loading of an additional two pages, one of which had information on a public hearing.
Hard to say if this played a role in the lack of public input at the hearing, but there was no testimony during the hearing portion of the meeting.
The port had charged an advisory committee to draft a Master Plan (.pdf 1141\k file)for the operations of the port if they purchased it. The paper copies of the report was made available to the public for the first time at the meeting.
Once the public hearing was closed the commissioners decided they would prefer to discuss the matter in an executive session, and when they came out of the session they quickly voted to purchase the property.
Port Commissioner Barbara Marrett said that there would be a seamless transition in the transfer of ownership and operation of the shipyard.