ILWACO - Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Co. will see improvements over the next few weeks after receiving approval from Port of Ilwaco commissioners.

According to Doug Ross, who is heading up the project with Pierre Marchand, says they plan to add pads and posts underneath the boatyard building.

Commissioner Frank Unfred asked Ross if the building's roof was in good shape. Ross replied that the roof is in good condition since it was fixed a year or two ago.

Commissioners also approved a contract renewal between the port and the Pacific County Economic Development Council.

With Port Manager Jim Neva absent, Finance Director Melissa Stern gave the operations report, which addressed dredging plans, dock measurements and newly added security gate near "P" float. She also reminded everyone that the port office would be closed on Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans' Day.

During public comment, Imperial Schooner's Clint Carter informed the board that the lighting of the crab pot Christmas tree with kick off the holiday season on Dec. 1. Currently, there are 46 crab pots ready to be welded together to create a tree-like form.

"We're registered with the Guinness record book, so that will bring us some notoriety," explained Carter.

Also on Dec. 1, the Lighted Boat Parade will take place at the Port of Ilwaco, with judging at 5 p.m. and the parade to start at 6 p.m. The parade is scheduled to take the decorated boats from the port to the cape and back.

Mike Cassinelli also gave port officials information regarding a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser planned for next year. Cassinelli also asked if Ilwaco resident Les Swenson had maintained the drainage ditches at the Port of Ilwaco Airport. Stern stated that while she did not think that the process had begun, she added that the agreement is between Manager Neva and Swenson.

The port has also hired Bergerson Constructon to drive piles with the port's pile-driving equipment in the near future.

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