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Special Meeting on Aug 24, 2009 1:00PM

Minutes for the Port Of Seattle Commission meeting, held on Aug 24, 2009 1:00PM

        Commissioners                                               Tay Yoshitani 
                                                                                              Chief Executive Officer 
                      Bill Bryant 
                      Chair and President 
                   John Creighton                           P.O. Box 1209 
                     Patricia Davis                           Seattle, Washington 98111 
                   Lloyd Hara                             www. portseattle.org 
                   Gael Tarleton                              206.787.3000 

             An audio of the meeting proceedings and meeting materials are available on the Port of
                                        Seattle web site - 
                http://www.portseattle.org/about/organization/commission/commission.shtml 

             (The approximate point in the audio recording for the specific item is identified by
            minutes and seconds; example: 01:30.) 
                     APPROVED MINUTES 
               COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING AUGUST 24, 2009 
            The Port of Seattle Commission met in a special meeting at 3:30 p.m., Monday, August
            24, 2009 in the Commission Chambers at Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA.
            Commissioners Creighton, Davis, Hara and Tarleton were present. Commissioner Bryant 
            was absent. 
               1.     CALL TO ORDER 
            The regular meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Gael Tarleton, Vice-Chair and
            Vice-President. 
               2.     EXECUTIVE SESSION pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 
            The special meeting immediately recessed to an Executive Session to discuss Legal Risk
            matters (RCW 42.30.110) (l)(i) for approximately one hour and reconvened to public
             session. 
           PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
               3.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
           None. 
               4.    SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS 
           None. 

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               5.    UNANIMOUS CONSENT CALENDAR 
           None. 
               6.   DIVISION, CORPORATE AND COMMISSION ACTION ITEMS 
               a.  (00:01:16) Resolution No. 3627, First Reading. Amending Resolution No. 3626,
              Opting out of Tax Redistribution for Local Revitalization Area (Newcastle) 
           Request document: Commission agenda memorandum dated August 20, 2009 from
            Clare Gallagher, State Government Relations Manager and Elizabeth Morrison, Senior
            Manager, Corporate Finance. 
             Presenters: Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Morrison 
             Ms. Gallagher explained to the Commission that as a result of recent state legislative
             action, local municipalities would be allowed to establish community revitalization areas,
             and that in this case Port district levy monies would be considered part of the
             revitalization area unless the Port chooses to take official action to opt out. She noted
             that earlier action had been taken by resolution to opt out for several revitalization areas,
             and that today's action would amend that resolution to include the City of Newcastle. 
            Responding to a question from Commissioner Davis as to whether or not there would be
             other cities going in this direction, Ms. Gallagher stated that hopefully it is; and she
             believes that no other requests are pending. 
             Ms. Gallaher also explained that in previous similar programs, it was necessary to 'opt in'
             rather than choosing to 'opt out' of participating. 
           Motion for Resolution No. 3627, First Reading; amending Resolution No. 3626  
           Davis 
           Second  Hara 
            Motion carried by the following vote: 
           In Favor: Creighton, Davis, Hara, Tarleton (4) 
            Commissioner Bryant was absent for the vote. 
            It was then noted that Second Reading and Final Passage of the Resolution would take
            place at tomorrow's meeting. 
               7.   STAFF BRIEFINGS 
           None. 

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                  8.   NEW BUSINESS 
            Public comment regarding recent issues regarding the Nickelsville encampment,
             currently staying on Port property, was received from the following individuals: 
              Karen Morris, Local Crimewatch Group. Ms. Morris expressed her concern about
                  encampments such as Nickelsville and stated that she hopes the Port will stick to
                   the original decision that it is not appropriate to let this particular group use port
                 land. A written copy of Ms. Morris' comments was also provided; is, by
                  reference, made a part of these minutes; is marked Exhibit 'A;' and is on file in
                   Port offices. 
               Sarah Lee Koumbassa, who noted her concern of safety to both herself and to her
                  neighors in the vicinity of the Nickelsville encampment. 
               Donald Marquart, who stated that he believes the encampment has changed the
                 nature of the neighborhood in which he lives. 
                Kevin Peterson, who noted several concerns, including a belief that there is a
                  threat to families in the area of the encampment; lack of hygiene; a lack of
                  motivation to get out of the situation; the fact that if the encampment was located
                  in any other community, it would be looked at differently. 
              A written copy of testimony was provided by Amy Thomson. A copy is, by
                  reference, made a part of these minutes, is marked Exhibit 'B;' and is on file in
                   Port offices. 
            Following public comment, Commissioner Davis reiterated the fact that the message
             from the Port must be that the encampment cannot stay where it is currently located. 
               9.   POLICY ROUNDTABLE 
           None. 
        10. ADJOURNMENT 
            There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m. 
             (A digital recording of the meeting is available on the Port's website) 

           Lloyd Hara 
            Secretary 



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