Wes White was elected president of the Crescent City Harbor Commission on Tuesday, and Scott Feller was chosen as secretary.
The commission also voted to start charging metered electricity to boat owners renting spaces in the port as of Feb. 1.
Although electricity was free for slip tenants in the past, Crescent City Harbor is undergoing the last touches of a $54 million reconstruction project initiated by destruction wrought from the 2006 and 2011 tsunamis. Harbor officials have said that most other ports now charge for electricity and the district is on the hook for a $5.4 million federal loan needed to pay for its portion of the project.
To scratch together some more cash, the commission also approved a list of surplus property that the district will sell including all pumping, screening, piping, electrical controls, storage tanks, and air compressors at the old Harbor Treatment Plant, three vehicles, and two old office copiers.
The district also declared all scrap metal as surplus and harbor crews are working to do an environmental cleanup on the abandoned fishing vessel the Christie R and include the dismantled vessel in the bulk sale of scrap metal.
Harbor district staff had inquired about the price of having outside entities come in to salvage the abandoned vessel, but CEO/harbormaster Richard Young said the district came to the conclusion that “the cheapest way to do this is to step up and do the work ourselves.”
Harbor commissioners asked about selling the vessel’s motor or other parts separately and Young replied: “We’ll do what we can to make the most money out of it, but the question is: is it better to leave it as part of the bundle or part it out and do it separately.”
Young also discussed a recent corrosion problem with the new water utility lines on the new docks of the inner boat basin. He said the issue may have been resolved, but a corrosion expert is going to inspect the facilities to make sure.
“We have a brand new harbor here and if there’s any kind of issue we’re going to get an expert to tell us what that might be,” Young said Wednesday by phone.
Commissioner Pat Bailey nominated White to serve as president, saying, “He’s the only one of us up here that hasn’t served yet, so I think it’s a good time.”
Commissioner Jim Ramsey nominated Commissioner Scott Feller, “because of his representative relationship for (state Sen. Jim Nielsen,) who will no longer be our senator after this year,” Ramsey said.
White was chosen to serve as president on an anonymous 3-2 vote.