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Port commissioners award bid for Midvale project

Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night awarded a bid to Sharpe and Preszler Construction for work to be done on the Midvale Industrial Rail Park.

Port of Sunnyside Property Development and Project Manager Jay Hester told the commissioners three proposals were submitted and Sharpe and Preszler's proposal was the low-bid at $287,484.

Work to be done at the site, which is just behind Curfman Steel, includes installation of water and sewer lines, utilities and building a road 1,300 feet east from Midvale Road to the property.

Hester said work on the project should start within a couple of weeks.

Also at last night's Port of Sunnyside meeting, commissioners heard from Port of Sunnyside Manager Amber Hansen about a proposal to match employee contributions towards a deferred compensation program, which is a type of government 401K.

If implemented, Hansen suggested the match take the place of the Port's merit raise it gives employees.

Hansen suggested to commissioners that the Port match 3 percent for non-exempt employees if they contribute at least 3 percent. That number would rise to 5 percent if employees contributed 5 percent. Exempt staff would need to contribute 5 percent to get a match, which would be 5 percent.

Those employees choosing not to contribute would receive their merit raise instead.

Commissioner Arnold Martin said encouraging port employees to save for their future would cost the port money. Under the current economic conditions he wasn't sure if that would be a good idea for the Port at this point in time.

The commissioners agreed to consider the issue in the coming weeks and will make a decision before the Port begins deliberations on the 2011 budget.

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