The Port of Grapeview has hired its first employee. According to the Port’s newsletter, the workload that was created when the Port received grants to replace and upgrade the Fair Harbor Boat Ramp became “too much for the Port Commission to handle.” Also, state law prohibits a quorum of elected officials (that’s two of the three Port Commissioners) to talk about Port business outside a public meeting, creating constraints that are “impossible to work under.” So, the Port Commission hired Amanda Montgomery to be Administrator and handle all Port functions and business between Commission meetings.
Montgomery lives on Stretch Island and has been the Port’s recording secretary for several years. She is a volunteer at the Grapeview Community Association and has a full time job at Alderbrook Properties in Union.
The Port also appointed a Harbor Master. Curt Fugere will monitor the new ramp, float and parking facility. Fugere lives on Stretch Island.
The Port Commission changed its bylaws to expand meeting locations to include the Mason Benson Center. The Port of Grapeview Commission meets at 7 PM on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings at the Grapeview Community Center, 4350 E. Grapeview Loop Road, will be held in January, February, March, May, June, July, September, October and November. Meetings at the Mason Benson Center, 5971 E. Mason Lake Driver West, will be held in April, August and December.