The Times-Standard Saturday, April 13, 2002
for Port of Humboldt Bay plan awarded
By John Driscoll
A panel of harbor-side agencies awarded a contract to work up a revitalization plan for the Port of Humboldt Bay to a Portland, Ore., firm which will hire a local group to assist. At its meeting Thursday, the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Board of Commissioners said that PB Ports and Marine will draw up the plan at a cost of $343,000. PB will work with local firm Winzler and Kelley Consulting Engineers in drafting the plan that will look at ways to meet the port's commercial potential.
was chosen out of nine competing firms by an 11-member panel. The panel is made
up of representatives of the harbor district, Eureka, Humboldt County, Humboldt
County Association of Governments, the North Coast Railroad Association
and Caltrans. District executive director David Hull said deciding between the
applicants was not easy.
very confident they're going to come up with some good stuff," Hull said.
The portion of the plan that looks at railroad development must be complete by
the end of June, when a Caltrans grant runs out. The remainder of the plan is
scheduled to be done in December. Following a California Environmental Quality
Act process, the public will be able to comment on the draft and final
documents, after which the 11-member panel will adopt the plan.
said the plan will lay out ways to implement its ideas, outlining issues like
where to get money for projects, and proposed land use changes. The harbor
district will fold the plan into its capital improvement plan, Hull said. Hull
said the panel sought out contractors will worldwide experience and said that an
outside perspective on the port's capability would be welcome.