Port to fill post at Colockum Ridge Golf Course, buy a mower

Port of Quincy commissioners, from the left, Patric Connelly, Brian Kuest (standing), and Curt Morris view a map during a board meeting in 2022.

The port-owned golf course and a water pipe construction project were on the docket for the Port of Quincy’s board meeting Dec. 28, 2022. All three commissioners were present for what was the last board meeting of the year.

Though wintry weather has halted play on Colockum Ridge Golf Course, management tasks continued as the clock ticked down on 2022. Gabe Porter, the course grounds superintendent, had several items to discuss with the board.

First up was staffing. After a course employee left, he and Commissioner Patric Connelly interviewed a candidate to fill the position. Following the board’s review, commissioners voted to proceed toward making a job offer to the candidate interviewed.

Porter and commissioners then discussed the course clubhouse’s security system. The board decided to authorize Connelly to proceed to work with a security company.

The board also voted to approve the purchase of a used mower for the course. Connelly said the large unit is self-propelled and will cost about $40,000. A new one would cost about double that amount, he added, and new units these days are not available without a long wait.

Following the discussion of golf course matters, port commissioners turned their attention to the construction project to extend a George city water line to a port property. In spring 2022, the port bought about 137 acres inside the George city limits, on the north side of Interstate 90, and added the land to its Industrial Park 5.

The board had a long discussion of contract administration and inspection for the water line construction project. SimpliCivil, based in Moses Lake, did the design for the project.

Mike Meskimen, a civil engineer with Gray & Osborne Inc., participated in the discussion via remote link and talked about options for the inspection part of the project. Commissioner Curt Morris and Commissioner Connelly then tried to sort out the city of George’s role in inspection and billing.

The board decided to have Gray & Osborne inspect the work with some changes to the contract. The cost to the port will be about $16,000.

Other port agenda items included the following.

- Connie Kuest is eyeing a wall in the event center where she wants to display the port’s mission statement and photos. She looked forward to the new year, hoping grant money from the state will come through for further improvements for the event center.

- The port took a step forward to obtain water for development at the Bishop recreation property by advertising a well permit application.

- The board decided to wait for the weather to improve before proceeding on a wiring project at the intermodal facility.

- Patrick Boss, who does public affairs and business development work for the port, spoke via remote link about the power needs of various industries looking to build new facilities or expand in the county.