Port of Sunnyside commissioners are currently gearing up for a joint meeting with the Sunnyside City Council, slated for Monday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Law and Justice Center.
Port Director Amber Hansen told commissioners last night (Monday) she would like to discuss with city officials the possibility of forming an interlocal agreement that would allow for the sharing of equipment, personnel and facilities between the two entities.
"Over the years the city and port have partnered and been good neighbors when either one of us needed some assistance that we did not have the personnel or equipment to handle," Hansen stated in a memo to commissioners. "This type of agreement formalizes that type of sharing."
Hansen said that in the past, the two entities have exchanged biological trade practices for their respective sewer systems and the city has loaned the use of its pipe camera so the port could inspect its water lines.
"We have also been the collection point for residents to take their water for testing," she said, adding, "The city provides the testing but didn't have a drop-off point that could properly care for the samples until they are picked up by the lab."
She said she'd also like to discuss with city officials the possibility of partnering on the airport expansion. She told commissioners in her memo that the city is currently in the process of updating the airport layout plan with a consulting firm and airport committee, and she feels it's an opportunity to the port to take an active role in the airport's development.
And, added Hansen, "As a port, we have access to funding sources that the city doesn't."
Hansen said partnering with the city regarding the airport would create the opportunity to extend the runway using the port's property on the east side of the airport.