WALDPORT — Port of Alsea Commissioners Rob Bishop, Buster Pankey and Joe Rohleder were busy recently painting the Port of Alsea building, paintbrushes and rollers in hand. Nick Rust, a part-time staff person, helped as well, said Port Manager Roxie Cuellar, and she, too, stepped out of the office to paint. Bishop’s granddaughter, Madi, also helped.
“We’ve been talking about it because it badly needed it,” Cuellar said. The port intended to have students from the Angell Job Corps do the work. “I think we would have been at the top of this year’s schedule,” she said, “but then COVID hit. They don’t have anybody there.”
Of the building, she said, “It looked OK from the street, but the paint was chipping off all over the place. It’s a small building, and we can’t really afford to have someone come in and do it all.”
So the commissioners took the matter into their own hands and got to work themselves, painting the building on Monday, July 20.
“The paint on the building is fine,” she said. “It came out great,” Cuellar said, indicating there is dry rot on the front of the building and that the railings need to be replaced. But that is a much more costly project.
“Now, coming in to the busy season, the last thing we need is the front of our building gone,” she said. The port will look at those projects next year. “I’m hoping we will have enough money left over on our bond fund to have that professionally done. When our marina project is done, we’ll know what our situation is for capital projects.
“We’re getting busy now,” Cuellar said. “Opening day of salmon season is Saturday.”