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Port commission president thinks Lincoln Park tree agreement is close

October 17th, 2013 - 5:33am

(Port Angeles) - The president of the Port of Port Angeles Commission says he thinks an agreement is close to removing trees at Lincoln Park.

John Calhoun made the remarks during a presentation this week to the Port Angeles Business Association. He says he thinks the political climate is now in place that will move closer to an agreement on removing the taller trees in the park. Those trees are impinging on the flight path into nearby Fairchild Airport.

Some local residents have filed a petition opposing tree removal. The state of the project has been in limbo since this summer. The port faces a deadline early next year on the tree issue and a federal grant that would pay for the project.

The tree-removal was part of a master plan put together for the park. The Port helped pay for the plan, while the city gets the final say since it is a city park. At the PABA meeting, Calhoun said he considers the Lincoln Park Master Plan to have been a mistake.

Calhoun said that in the end, the Master Plan really didn't serve the narrower purpose of recovering the runway.

Calhoun also told the business group he favors two proposed changes to the port commission. One would expand the number of commissioners, the other would shorten the terms.

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