By Jennifer Henion
Triplicate staff writer
Continuing its campaign to clean up and attract more business, the Crescent City Harbor District set in motion several new projects and forwarded others already in progress last night.
Choosing a professional firm to get started on the harbor's master plan for future development was one of the projects.
Out of three companies that bid for the job, a committee (which included county and city officials) formed by the Harbor Board chose the most expensive bid of $271,000 made by the company RRM of San Luis Obispo.
"The consensus was that RRM understood the process better and we liked their financial approach better," said Harbor Chief Executive Officer Rich Taylor.
RRM's financial approach includes winning a $200,000 grant to, in essence, pay for itself.
The master plan will update zoning and codes for development and provide an overall vision of the harbor's future. Having such a plan is necessary before the Harbor District can get approvals to build and gain new water and sewer connections for new businesses.
According to Taylor, the firm said it may take about two years to complete the development of a plan ¬ó a process that includes several public hearings and reviews by the California Coastal Commission.
Harbor Commissioner Mario Deiro and Alan Tromble, maintenance supervisor, also reported last night that several cleanup jobs are completed or near completion.
"I would like to compliment the crew. I've gotten quite a number of phone calls about the harbor looking better," Deiro said.
Yet, Tromble noted the long list of tasks assigned to him and his crew is nearly impossible to get through quickly with nearly all of crew members dedicated to crucial long-term jobs such as the dredge operation.