Officials expect to re-open the site by Feb. 1, 2011
It’s a done deal, at long last.
The Port of Toledo officially owns the former Fred Wahl Marine Shipyard site.
After months of environmental work and wrangling with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and years of citizens and boat owners asking when the process would be completed, the papers were signed around 10 a.m. on Dec. 29, according to Port Manager Bud Shoemake.
This final step came nine days after the expected transaction closing date.
“It’s been a long process,” Shoemake said. “We’re excited.”
The next step is to hire temporary employees “to have a presence on the site,” and begin the cleanup and maintenance work, Shoemake said. Advertisements for permanent positions are expected to go out next week, but Shoemake said there’s a process he has to follow with those positions.
During the past two years, Shoemake said that he has collected applications, and he will look at all of them. “I’d like to bring people on in mid-January,” he said.
When the shipyard officially opens, the Port will schedule boats, pull the boats from the water, and pressure wash the bottoms. They will provide equipment servicing, but hope that private industry will take on the painting, sandblasting, welding, and other shipyard tasks. The shipyard will run as an open yard, meaning that boat owners can work on their own boats, or bring in their own insured crews to do maintenance work.For the complete article see the 12-31-2010 issue.
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