Addition at intermodal yard could mean more business for Port of Quincy

Port of Quincy commissioners, from the left, Patric Connelly, Brian Kuest and Curt Morris discuss a map on Connelly’s phone showing the location of a new septic drain field at Colockum Ridge Golf Course on July 13.

The idea of adding a “cross dock” structure at the Port of Quincy’s intermodal yard got an in-depth discussion among port commissioners at their July 13 meeting.

A cross-dock facility would add to the tools for handling freight at the intermodal yard, potentially adding to the customer base and volume at the yard.

Commissioners discussed what information was needed to form a business plan or to pursue state funding for such a project, should the port proceed with it.

Commissioner Curt Morris said the port has letters of support for the concept. To form a deeper business plan, Commissioner Patric Connelly said he would like to know who would actually use a cross-dock.

The port’s Patrick Boss suggested contracting with Gary Gieser to find potential users, as he is well-connected in the freight world and is executive director of The Transportation Club of Seattle.

Port commissioners approved two new signs for the Quincy Business & Event Center. Morris said they will go below the Port of Quincy logo. The board tabled a draft sign for Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce, which has space in the center.

Connie Kuest, facilities director at Quincy Business & Event Center, said Monday the new signs will display the new name replacing the longer name. The idea is to make the community more aware of what’s in the buildings, and she said she is excited to get the new signs up. Also Monday, the plants in the new pots outside the center now have a drip watering system.

“Now we won’t have to string hoses all over,” she said. “Just cleaning things up and getting things looking better.”

Reporting on the Colockum Ridge Golf Course, Connelly discussed the progress on the planned septic drain field to replace an old one. The drain field mound will be effectively in the same area as the old one, but there has to be an easement drawn up for it, Morris said.

Regarding the port’s property in George, Morris said the port has to wait a little before going ahead with the planned project to build a new pipe for city water to reach the property within the port’s Industrial Park 5. Before the port can put the project out to bid, the city must complete a minor engineering step on its water line that runs north, under the freeway and to IP5.

The board also voted in favor of spending about $28,000 for the water line. Commissioners expect most of the project’s cost to be covered by a grant.

Interest from potential buyers for the new property continues. Morris said the port has received one letter of interest and may get another.

The port also updated its agreement with EdgeConnex on buying the port’s Industrial Park 9 land, extending it to Aug. 31.

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