City of Albany looks to replace Bowman Park restrooms

Reported by the Albany Democrat Herald, Kyle Odegard.

The Albany Parks and Recreation Department will apply for a grant from the Oregon Marine Board to replace the restroom building at Bowman Park.

The grant, if approved, would fund 75 percent of the project cost of nearly $116,000. The city would match 25 percent of the cost, which could include labor, equipment and materials.

-If awarded, the project could be completed this summer. “We’ll know by sometime in June whether we’ve been successful,” said Ed Hodney, Albany Parks and Recreation director.

The bathrooms, built thanks to a state grant, are more than 35 years old. The building is not connected to the parking lot with a paved path, is not wheelchair-accessible, and has problems with mold and mildew.

Hodney said the restrooms also are tucked back into the park and hidden from view, which leads to vandalism and other problems.

The new bathrooms would be adjacent to the parking lot, and be American Disabilities Act compliant.

Oregon Marine Board staff suggested the city apply for the grant, Hodney said.

“They had plans and drawings on their books. This has been a project identified by the Marine Board for quite some time,” he added.

http://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks/parks

HB 2459 (Fee Bill) Hearing Scheduled

HB 2459, the Marine Board’s bill to increase certain fees related to registering and titling boats, floating homes and boathouses, has its first hearing on April 1, 2015.  The hearing will be heard by the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development, in hearing room E, at 3 pm.

The Oregon State Senate Chamber in the State Capitol Building, Salem, Oregon

The Oregon State Senate Chamber in the State Capitol Building, Salem, Oregon

The Marine Board directed agency staff to engage boaters and gather input on agency-proposed fee increases in 2014.   Public notices and press releases were sent statewide to advertise public meetings that were held in the early summer.  Agency staff also attended conferences, club meetings, and stakeholder meetings to gather additional input.

The Board considered the feedback from the public meetings and factoring in other economic projections, the Board approved a fee structure that ultimately developed into a legislative concept.  This concept became HB 2459.

The agency has not raised fees since 2003 (12 years), and other fees since 1978.

The links below are documents provided to legislators, partners, and stakeholders to educate them on the reasoning behind this fee bill.

HB 2459 

Statewide Public Meetings Synopsis

HB 2459 One-Pager for the Oregon Legislature

Neighboring States Cost Comparisons for Recreational Boating

These fee increases are needed in order to maintain current service levels and carry the agency’s business operations for another 6 years.  Through the strategic planning initiatives currently being implemented, more engagement and participation from boaters are being woven into the fabric of the agency, so the Marine Board can truly be your boating agency.

Mission Vision & Values of the Oregon State Marine Board

 

 

Obstruction at the Wallace Marine Park Boat Ramp

Debris accumulation at the Wallace Marine Park Boat Ramp.

Debris accumulation at the Wallace Marine Park Boat Ramp.

During this past winter, a partially submerged log became lodged at the last piling of the Wallace Marine Boat Ramp in Salem, on the Willamette River.

The log remains, and other debris has accumulated.  The obstruction is highly visible and has been marked by marine patrol deputies.  It was hoped that winter high water would dislodge the tree, however, the high water didn’t arrive.  Boaters are urged to motor to port (their left side) as soon as possible after launching to avoid the current potentially carrying them into the tree and debris.

We’re continuing to monitor this obstruction and are working with our agency partners on potential options for relocation/removal.

Spring Start-up Checklist from Discover Boating

Here’s Your Spring Start-up Checklist

Click here to download this article as a printable checklist.

•Check all fluid levels including engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant.

•Check all fluid levels including engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant.

Spring has sprung and for millions of boaters in the U.S. that means it’s time to take their boats out of winter storage and put them in the water. For many boaters, annual preparation and cleaning projects are necessary rites of spring that help prevent problems that could keep them off the water once the season is underway.

Fuel System

  • Inspect the fuel system for leaks or damage and be sure to pay special attention to fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
  • Evidence of a damaged fuel hose includes softness, brittleness or cracking.
  • Replace components when necessary and verify all fittings and clamps are properly secured.
  • Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are all functioning properly.
  • Look before you pump. Don’t fill your tank with fuel that contains more than 10% ethanol (E10) as it will damage your engine

Belts, Cables & Hoses

  • Check belts, cables and hoses because they can become brittle and may crack during winter storage.
  • Belts should fit tightly around pulleys to prevent slipping.
  • A worn belt may leave a black residue near the pulley and will fit loosely.
  • Cracks or swells on the outer jacket of throttle, shift and steering control cables may be of internal corrosion and immanent failure

Electric System

  • Inspect all electrical connections for clean, tight, corrosion free connections. Corroded connections can be dangerous
  • Remove corroded terminals and use a wire brush to clean them, along with all cable ends.
  • Charge your battery and have it tested to ensure it can hold a charge.
  • Electrical systems should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.

Fluid Levels

  • Check all fluid levels including engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant.
  • Be sure to change the engine oil, oil filter and drive lubricants if these tasks were not done prior to winterizing your boat.

Propellers & Hulls

  • Inspect propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion.
  • Damaged propellers can cause unwanted vibration and damage to your drive train.
  • Make sure the propeller is secured properly, and replace bearings when needed.
  • When inspecting the hull, look for blisters, distortions and cracks. Be sure to clean the hull, deck, and topsides using an environmentally safe cleaning solution.
  • Also, make sure the drain plug is securely in place before every launch.

Safety Gear

  • Check your life jackets to ensure they are in good condition and that there are enough on board for all potential passengers.
  • Ensure that each individual has the correct size life jacket for their body weight.
  • Be sure all onboard fire extinguishers are the correct class for your vessel, and are fully charged and stowed in the proper place.
  • For any enclosed or semi-enclosed area, ensure you have at least one properly installed and working carbon monoxide detector and consider purchasing a smoke detector
  • Consider an EPIRB for situations of distress to ensure you can be found -especially when operating in the open ocean
  • Take advantage of any safety inspections offered by your local marine patrol, US Coast Guard (USCG), USCG Auxiliary or US Power Squadrons

Get the 2015 boating year off to a great start. Ensure you’ll enjoy another season of carefree boating and make your annual boat preparation more manageable.

For more resources about your boat, visit Discover Boating at http://bit.ly/1BR2BPh.

Now, go BOAT OREGON!

Communication Drill Exercise -US Coast Guard

MARSEC levels of threat to our Ports.

MARSEC levels of threat to our Ports.

We’re helping get the word out about any potentially dangerous situations to our state.  This is simply a communication drill:


—The United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River is exercising a simulated increase of the MARSEC Level from Level One to Level Two. The intent of this exercise is to test Coast Guard and maritime security communications procedures and to verify contact information for port security stakeholders in the Captain of the Port Zone Columbia River.—

THIS IS A COMMUNICATION EXERCISE

 

How do you dispose of your expired flares?

Everything has a shelf life…and some things can become down-right dangerous if stored for too long.  Visual Distress flares are one such item.  But how do boaters get rid of them?  Or do you hold on to them indefinitely?

The Marine Board wants to learn what boaters do now with their expired flares.  We’re looking into a turn-in program and doing a mass-disposal in a hazardous waste facility.

Would this be a benefit to you?  We’d love to hear your feedback!

Flares

Federal Register USCG: Request for Comments on Vessel Documentation Renewal Fees

USCGPatchSUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether to increase the period of validity for renewing endorsements on Certificates of Documentation. A separate fee of $26 for annual renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation was established in a recent rulemaking. The Coast Guard is considering options for implementing multi-year renewals and updating the fee for services, and seeks information on factors to consider when implementing these changes.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to the online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before June 1, 2015 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

Cruiser BOAT Members who have documented vessels may want to consider weighing in and providing comment.

Here is a link to the proposed language for 46 CFR Part 67: Vessel_Documentation_Renewal_Fees.

 

Special Board Meeting for Thursday, March 12 at 1 pm

Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special meeting at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem at 1 pm on March 12. The meeting is being called to review and discuss draft language for cautionary buoy placement procedures, waterway markers and slow-no wake rules. These items were originally going to be discussed during the January 7, 2015, Board work session but were postponed.

In addition, the Board will initiate a discussion on its need to engage and solicit information from agency partners on dredging projects and funding options.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities.  The public is invited to attend, however; because this is a Board work session, public comments will not be allowed.  Any decisions to open rulemaking would also open up a public comment period in the future.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

Waterway Marker & Slow-No Wake Presentation

Empty Conference Room

Boater Alert: Molalla River and North Santiam River Obstructions

North Santiam River Between Green’s Bridge and Jefferson -Reported 3/5/15

A fallen log blocks the entire river approximately 3.5 miles from Green’s Bridge and is considered very dangerous.  A group of rafters were trapped in the log and barely escaped.  Boaters are advised to avoid this area until officials can hire a contractor to have safe navigation created. Removal will be extremely difficult. Benton County Marine Patrol cut off  all of the limbs they could, so there could be passage on river left (picture below).  Multiple signs have been posted upstream at the boat ramp and portage/exit points (pictured below).    

Exit sign, warning of a navigation obstruction downstream, on the North Santiam River between Greens Bridge and Jefferson.

Exit sign, warning of a navigation obstruction downstream, on the North Santiam River between Greens Bridge and Jefferson.

A clear passage was made by Benton County Marine Patrol, however, only experienced boaters should attempt to go through.  Inexperienced rafters or people on inflatable craft should avoid this area entirely.  Multiple logs, strainers and strong current make this area extremely dangerous.

A clear passage was made by Benton County Marine Patrol, however, only experienced boaters should attempt to go through. Inexperienced rafters or people on inflatable craft should avoid this area entirely. Multiple logs, strainers and strong current make this area extremely dangerous. (View looking upstream).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molalla River Above Wagon Wheel Park -Reported on 3-6-15

ALL CLEAR AS OF MARCH 7, 2015!  Thanks Marion County Marine Patrol…

Several downed trees and concrete structure are obstructing the back channel just above Wagon Wheel Park.  Law enforcement officials advise staying river left and to stay on the main channel to avoid this area completely.  There are shallow areas where portage is possible.  Clackamas County is working with the landowner for assistance with mitigation and hope to remove two of the trees and creating a passage on 3-7-15.

Several logs, a concrete structure, and fallen trees obstruct navigation on the side channel of the Molalla River.

Several logs, a concrete structure, and fallen trees obstruct navigation on the side channel of the Molalla River.

Portage is possible by staying river-left and carrying out around the obstructions.

Portage is possible by staying river-left and carrying out around the obstructions.

Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting March 12 in Salem

SNWSign

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special meeting at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem at 1 pm on March 12. The meeting is being called to review and discuss draft language for cautionary buoy placement procedures, waterway markers and slow-no wake rules. These items were originally going to be discussed during the January 7, 2015, Board work session but were postponed.

In addition, the Board will initiate a discussion on its need to engage and solicit information from agency partners on dredging projects and funding options.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, March 9.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.