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Oakland Bay could benefit from 2016 Port of Shelton budget

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Oakland Bay will get a facelift under the proposed 2016 Port of Shelton budget.

Executive Director John Dobson told the Port Commission at Tuesday's regular meeting that grant funds totaling $1.75 million will be made available to restore habitat in Oakland Bay.

"The funding will come down the road," said Dobson. The source of the grant funding will be disclosed by December, he said.

"Simpson kept the tidelands in the bay," Dobson said. "They have a legal obligation for contaminants in the bay."

Dobson told the commission that the pilings will be removed and the bay floor will be replaced under the new budget.

In addition to improvements on Oakland Bay, Dobson said the FAA will be working on improvements to Sanderson Airfield.

The 2016 budget anticipates the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for construction of a $150,000 airport run up on the main runway on

Sanderson Field.

The port expects to operate with expenses totaling $1,755,662 and non-operating revenues of $2,475,537 in 2016.

The port will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. at the Oct. 6 regular meeting in the commission chambers, 21 W. Sanderson Way.

After the hearing, the port will accept or deny the budget.

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Original Publication Date: September 17, 2015

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