PA, Port may form harbor cleanup authority

PORT ANGELES — A non-taxing public development authority to combine city and port efforts to clean up Port Angeles Harbor and redevelop the former Rayonier mill site will be considered — and perhaps created — on Tuesday.

The three Port of Port Angeles commissioners will join the City Council in a work session on the topic in the council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St., at 6 p.m.

The council is expected to consider adopting an ordinance creating the public development authority that night.

Public development authorities do not have the power of eminent domain or the authority to levy taxes, according to the Seattle law firm of Preston Gates and Ellis.

City Manager Mark Madsen and City Attorney Bill Bloor were busy Friday afternoon finalizing the memo to be included in the council’s meeting agenda.

Documents to be reviewed at the meeting will include a resolution declaring cooperation between the city and port for the Port Angeles Harbor cleanup being done by the state Department of Ecology.

They will include a formal agreement between the city and port, and an ordinance creating the public development authority and its governing charter.

A City Council memo says that the port commissioners also will adopt the resolution, but the port gave no notice of possible action at the Tuesday meeting.

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