STATE OFFICIALS will hold a special meeting later this month to decide whether to move one of Portland's few public downtown docks to Swan Island.
The potential relocation comes after a request by international trucking giant Daimler Trucks North America. The company has been lobbying the city to move the Kevin J. Duckworth Memorial Dock, currently off the Eastbank Esplanade just south of the Steel Bridge, to a public greenway adjacent to its headquarters.
The dock has sat underutilized for years, partly because of restrictions set by the Oregon State Marine Board that limit use to motorized boats. Those restrictions are scheduled to expire next year, though, and advocates like the Human Access Project say the dock should be repurposed for swimming and fishing when they do.
The marine board will hold a hearing on the proposed relocation at 9:30 am on March 29, at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th. DIRK VANDERHART
PORTLAND'S GAS STATIONS might not want a gas tax, but developers certainly appear to. As the Oregon Fuels Association plans to oppose a four-year, 10-cent gas tax to pay for improvements to Portland roads, the campaign pushing the ballot measure is showing robust support.
In a flurry of disclosures, the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign unveiled more than $40,000 in contributions over the past several months. Those are fueled in large part by real estate and development types, such as Williams & Dame Development and the Zidell family.
One of the biggest donors, though? City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who chipped in $2,500 to the effort.
The gas tax is projected to raise $16 million a year. It will appear on the May 17 primary ballot. DVH