CL Port works on regatta pact

By SUE RYAN

News staff writer

May 20, 2006

Port of Cascade Locks commissioners worked Thursday night resolving issues with the Columbia Gorge Racing Association.

CGRA Vice-President Jarvis Brecker presented the commission with a draft document.

“We have become a significant enough user at the park we thought we should come up with a framework,” he said. “Our goal is to manage better how we use the site.”

Brecker estimated their events each drew an average of 600 people last year. The association has 10 events planned this summer. Those events draw traffic and create parking issues, which commissioners had concerns about.

“I have a problem with a limit of two hours for parking. One — it’s not logical. Two —it’s not fair,” said Commissioner Kathy Woosley. “Last year local people had no access to the beach.”

Commissioners agreed to have two spots marked “Cascade Locks residents only.” The agreement also included a clause guaranteeing the association a year-long commitment for events. Port director Chuck Daughtry said it made sense to him because the CGRA needed to have a year’s lead time to sell events to people.

Several of the commissioners asked that Brecker and Daughtry rework the agreement, including the year commitment to CGRA.

“I disagree with that, too,” said Commissioner Tim Lee. “If you had a disagreement with that contract you couldn’t cancel it for a year.”

The port will provide garbage cans and mark spots for the event. The sailors pay a $3 fee to CGRA, which in turn pays the port. Their first event will be an opening day regatta and cookout June 4.

In other business, the commission:

* discussed updating the port logo;

* heard that the Portland Spirit will spend $7,000 on labor and $58,000 on equipment to improve the galley on the Cascade Locks Sternwheeler;

* heard from new maintenance director Dale Davis that the bridge would be closed to one lane of traffic Monday when Port of Hood River welders come to work on repairing the grid;

* sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs asking that the BIA secretary visit the proposed casino site; and

* learned that a timber cruise will be done at Pacific Crest Park for valuation purposes to prepare for the wilderness land swap.

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