Old-guard Harbor Board draws fire from crowd

January 07, 2003 11:00 pm

By Jennifer Henion

Triplicate staff writer

Boos of indignation echoed in last night's Crescent City Harbor District meeting as the crowd grew weary of the business-as-usual proceedings.

Bringing the recently voted-out Harbor Commissioner Bev Noll back to sit on the harbor's master plan committee was particularly upsetting to the vocal audience of about 15.

"I have to say that was the most absurd thing I've ever heard," said former harbor tenant Kate VanDyke who was also a losing candidate in the recent election for two Harbor Board seats. She was applauded by the crowd.

Newly seated Commissioner Mario Deiro agreed.

"I do have a concern with bringing Ms. Noll back. I don't think we need to bring a controversy onto the tail of this. We need to move this process along. The public voted for change," Deiro said.

The suggestion of placing Noll on the committee to help select a company to build the harbor's 20-year master plan came from Harbor Board President Garry Young. He did not change his mind after the crowd's reaction.

Later in the meeting, harbor tenant and owner of Fashion Blacksmith, Dale Long, voiced concern that Young did not yield.

"It's difficult for me to see the voters were once again neglected," he said.

Young, who has served as the board's president, led the meetings and appointed members to various committees for the past year. He was selected as president again last night for another year.

Commissioner John Yingst was also named the board's secretary for the second year in a row.

The two newly seated commissioners Deiro and Daniel Kirkpatrick were mostly quiet for their first meeting.

Kirkpatrick was also appointed to the master plan committee.