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Chuck Gerttula: Why he wants to continue serving on the Toledo Port Commission

Chuck Gerttula Seeking re-election to Toledo Port Commission

Chuck Gerttula
Seeking re-election to Toledo Port Commission

I am a lifetime resident of Lincoln County with nautical and logging family background, a retired Army officer and a teacher in the Lincoln County Schools for 30 years. I have served on the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation Board, the North Lincoln Historical Museum Board, City of Toledo Budget Committee for many years. I am a member of Vietnam Veterans and have been with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for twelve years.

During my three terms as Commissioner, the community has seen the Port move from a little known governmental unit to one which has excellent docks, a dredged Depoe Slough, a waterfront park, a boatyard with increasing employment and soon to have really meaningful capabilities to our fishing fleet and leased space to businesses which contribute 50+ jobs to our local economy.

I want to see the completion of the Port of Toledo Boatyard build-out and the continuing economic growth we are working toward. The recent creation of Fish People’s plant creating 8+ fulltime jobs in our building which was the old Toledo fire hall and also houses our Port offices is the most recent example.

It was my idea to hold the Toledo Wooden Boat Show which has grown each year and since 2005 has provided a free and family friendly venue to thousands of locals and visitors. The commission has provided for recreational boating as well as commercial boats including the Paddle Park on the Bay Road for kayaks and canoes.

Issues:
* The environmentally sound completion of the boatyard build-out which we were able to fund through the state Connect Oregon grant and will allow Lincoln County fishermen to maintain and upgrade their boats up to 600 tons or about 130 feet in length,
* Developing more family wage jobs for Lincoln County,
* Finding a suitable site to place the material dredged out of the Depoe Slough,
* Providing rental moorages including a newly built transient dock which is bringing recreational boats up to 50 feet long to visit our community,
* The Port of Toledo Boatyard facilities remaining viable with adequate water depth for their customers.

Strengths:
* The quality people we have working for us.
* The fact that we have created and updated a Business Plan which we have followed as a guide for where we wanted to go and how we could get there.
* That we have put economic development and the creation of family wage jobs as one of our primary goals and have continued to work in that direction in a viable and financially responsible manner.

Concerns:
* Keeping the momentum and priority for economic development. This does not happen overnight nor does it “magically” appear. It happens because the commission works toward creating an environment which fosters and encourages businesses to site projects in their district and creates the right space for the right business as a steward of the environment.
* Keeping our talented workers and finding new talent as conditions demand.
* Maintain the fiscal well-being of the district while creating the economic growth that is the primary duty of Oregon Ports.

Any candidate for local office here in Lincoln County is offered a free introductory bio on themselves and the reasons they want to be elected to office. There is no charge whatsoever for this opportunity to address our 45,000 readers directly.

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