WARRENTON - The Warrenton City Commission adopted a master plan for the Hammond Marina at Tuesday's meeting, with recognition that the Warrenton trail system should also be included as a component. The plan identifies problems at the marina with everything from moorage and boat trailer parking to fueling facilities and access to the river channel. But despite these problems, the marina continues to be a mecca for boaters and fishermen. It's the proverbial victim of its own popularity.

The plan, prepared with help from consultants from HLB & Associates, proposes short- and long-term solutions including reconfiguring parking at docks A and B, enlarging the parking lot, improving boat trailer circulation and parking, better signage, utility upgrades and a multipurpose building with parking.

The multipurpose building has been discussed for many years. In 1995, the Warrenton City Commission voted to conduct a feasibility study on constructing such a building, with an eye to use it for the Crab and Seafood Festival. Formerly held in Warrenton and Hammond, in recent years, the festival has moved to the fairgrounds.

The master plan concludes that the marina should make use of its waterside environment to attract other users in addition to the yearly influx of trailered boaters, and that steps must be taken to lessen pressure on the launch ramp. Other recommendations include major facilities such as storage, boat repair and haul-out.

Suggested funding sources include federal and state grants and loans, in kind services, private foundation grants, private development funds and long-term debt.

In other business, the commission heard an update from city staff on the wastewater treatment plant construction project. City Manager Ed Madere said the outfall construction contractor is beginning staging and will start construction soon.

The commission heard a report on the process for utility rate review. Madere said the city will send out a request for proposals to consultants on water and sewer rates, and is considering a system development charge to developers for water, sewer, parks and streets.

There was an update on the public works task force, which continues to review the city's sanitation system, among other issues.

The commission postponed action on a resolution that would support formation of a Clatsop County Fair District. The issue will be considered at the Nov. 8 meeting.

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