CHINOOK - At their Jan. 8 meeting, Port of Chinook commissioners met with Friends of the Chinook School to continue in their efforts toward establishing a lease with the group for the Chinook School. While both groups have to wait until the Chinook Tribe has terminated their lease, they met to discuss lease possibilities, insurance options and a possible use clause.

"We might just have something lease-wise in the next few weeks," said Port Manager Dan Todd.

Todd also informed commissioners that the port's budget had been increased slightly, due to county specifications, bringing the total to $439,600 for the year.

While the port's new security gate seems to be doing its job, commissioners were also informed things were taken off two boats in another part of the port between Christmas and New Years.

Port officials have been asked if the port would like to maintain Chinook Park for the county. Commissioners were told that the county would like to have someone in that area on a regular basis and would pay for maintenance supplies. Todd said he would be able to hire extra help to take on the position if necessary.

"I don't want this park to be closed [due to maintenance reasons]," he said. "I think it is a benefit to our community."

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