Newport Port Commissioners Tuesday night convinced their General Manager Don Mann, that he should not retire for at least another year, what with all the challenges coming up associated with the new International Terminal and the formulation of a new business plan for the port overall.
Mann said last month that he wanted to retire on a high note after securing NOAA’s Pacific Marine Headquarters for Newport and the successful completion of the International Terminal. However, the commission pitched him hard at staying until everything with the new terminal is up and running smoothly.
One element that will be somewhat of a challenge is working on how to get logging trucks to and from the terminal through a neighborhood that has grown up around the route the trucks must take. For the time being that is John Moore Road down to Bay Boulevard, then east to the terminal. A number of neighbors along those stretches of pavement say they bought their homes never imagining that the port would get back into the log export business which had ceased many years ago. Now it’s starting back up with an expected contract with Teevin Brothers, based in Rainier, who run a big operation up there. The port, in close cooperation with the city of Newport, is working on a long range plan to determine if some other access can be established so that the trucks won’t have to come down John Moore’s steep grade with a sharp turn to the east at the bottom. A stakeholder’s committee made up of port and city officials along with neighborhood representatives will soon be exploring how to minimize impacts from the many trucks that will begin delivering logs to the International Terminal for shipment overseas starting as early as next January or February.