Harbor Commission to get partly caught up on meeting minutes

Jack Durham
Mad River Union

WOODLEY ISLAND – Hopefully the commissioners of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District (HBHRCD) have good memories, because they’ll need them for the Thursday, Aug. 13 meeting.

Under the consent calendar, the commission is scheduled to approve minutes dating back to December of last year. There are minutes for eight different meetings, from Dec. 16, 2014 to March 26 of this year. The minutes are still not completed for meetings in April, May, June and July.facebookbadgeforweb

Boards and commissions typically review and approve the minutes of one meeting at their next month’s meeting. Board members are supposed to check the minutes to see if they accurately portray what happened at the meeting.

HBHRCD Executive Director Jack Crider said that the delay in getting minutes prepared is the result of “significant staff turnover.”

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the commission is scheduled to meet in closed session to evaluate the performance of the district’s director of administrative services, director of facility maintenance and director of harbor operations/bar pilot. Later, in open session, the commission is scheduled to consider approval of contracts for these three positions.

Having the commission evaluate the performance of these employees and approve their contracts is somewhat of an oddity.

The employees report directly to Crider, not the commission. Typically, staff evaluations and contract approvals would be handled by the executive director, but not in the harbor district’s case.

“This is what I inherited,” Crider said about the unusual process. Crider said the commission did this before he came on board, and process continues.

“It’s a little different twist,” Crider said.

The meeting begins Thursday, Aug. 13 with a closed session at 6 p.m. and open session at 7 p.m. at the Woodley Island Marina Meeting Room.

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