Port reschedules hearing for April 8

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MOSES LAKE — The Port of Moses Lake will hold a public hearing to a establish a local improvement district on April 8.

The meeting was re-scheduled from early March after a “procedural error” prevented the Port from publishing notice of the meeting within the legal deadline.

The local improvement district, which would cover an area northwest of the Port of Moses Lake, would be created to levy a special property assessment on local landowners in order to build a road linking state Route 17 and Road 10 North NE, just west of the airfield at the Grant County International Airport.

The road, estimated to cost between $4-$6 million, would give the port access to land it owns but currently cannot get to for a future “west side employment center” — basically, an industrial park,

Port Commissioners also gave Port Director Jeffrey Bishop the authority to sign a permanent agreement with Fairchild Air Force Base to allow planes and flight crews to use the ramp — the giant aircraft parking facility behind the main terminal — the terminal itself, and storage facilities “as needed.”

Currently, crews from Fairchild — which is home to the U.S. Air Force’s 141st Air Refueling Wing — have to sign an agreement with the Port of Moses Lake every time they use the facilities at the Grant County International Airport for training.

“This gives a great deal of flexibility to both parties,” Bishop said.

Charles H. Featherstone can be reached via email at cfeatherstone@columbiabasinherald.com.

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