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PORT TALK
PORT OF LONGVIEW NEWSLETTER

Port crews repair fender piles alongside the docks as part of ongoing infrastructure maintenance.

LIKE YOUR HOME, PORT INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRES MAINTENANCE

Randy Sundberg has been with the Port for 6 years.
With Port of Longview Project Manager

RANDY SUNDBERG
BACKGROUND: Randy Sundberg was hired by the Port as
a Project Manager in 2013. Randy and his associates
in the Port’s Facilities and Engineering Department are
responsible for the design, construction and continued
maintenance of Port-owned facilities, including rail, docks,
buildings and utilities.

If you own a home or a car, you probably have some idea of
how important (and expensive) regular maintenance can be.
Now imagine having over 830 acres of land, 15 miles of rail,
700,000 square feet of covered warehouses and nearly 250
vehicles and pieces of equipment to maintain. With such an
enormous asset portfolio the Port is in a state of perpetual
maintenance. Having sound facilities allows the Port to attract
cargo and create jobs for working families in the Port District.
Port staff proactively and continually assesses facilities for
the same reason you do at home – the longer you put off
maintenance, chances are it will cost more in the long run.
From the tires on our cranes to the roof tops of buildings and
everything in between, our facilities and equipment are regularly
inspected and repaired as needed to guarantee our customers’
satisfaction and the safety of our labor force.

A: “We make determinations in many ways. Consulting with
members of our maintenance and operations departments
is where it usually begins. Next, we qualify the urgency of
repair. Is there an immediate deficiency, or safety concern
to address? We recently replaced the roof of a heavily used
warehouse because of a leak. Cargoes in that particular
warehouse are weather-sensitive, so it took the top spot
on our priority list for the last few years.”

The Port pays many of the same kind of bills your family does.

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Port of Longview

Average Home

Water

$28,500.00

$113.00

Utilities

$41,500.00

$120.00

Garbage

$1,333.00

$16.00

* TOTALS REFLECTED ABOVE ARE FROM MONTHLY BILLS

YOUR PORT OF LONGVIEW IS IN NEED OF CONTINUOUS INVESTMENT
DREDGING

While the costs are high to maintain Port infrastructure, the
benefits to the community in terms of job creation and quality
of life are even more valuable.

Typical homeowners and the Port are similar in that we all
have monthly bills to pay. While the Port has many different
types of bills, there are some that we pay just like you. To put
into context just how much it takes to maintain your Port on a
monthly basis, we created the below comparison using a few
bills you're probably familiar with:

Q: Are there any high priority maintenance projects happening
at the Port this year?

This year, the Port has budgeted
$795,000 for routine dredging.
Removing siltation from the
Columbia River is critical to
ensuring safe and successful
cargo operations.

“Prevention is often more affordable and sustainable than a
cure,” said Port Project Manager Randy Sundberg. “Waiting
for something to fail is much more expensive than preventing
it from happening in the first place, and our team works hard
to identify and respond to those needs.”

IF THE PORT WAS YOUR HOUSE:
A TYPICAL BILL COMPARISON

Q: With such a large facility, and so many moving parts,
how does the Port identify which buildings or equipment
are in the greatest need for maintenance or repair?

A: “Rail maintenance, dredging, pavement and water line
repairs are the focus for this calendar year. Regularly
maintaining these features is critical to successful Port
operations and to a safe working environment.”

Even with routine maintenance, it still takes a great deal of money
to sustain the Port’s infrastructure (see below section for more
detail). For example, over the last two years the Port spent $1.1
million to replace the roof on one of our largest warehouses. And
when the 88 tires on one of our giant Liebherr cranes must be
replaced, it’s $610 each, or $53,680 for a full set!

RAIL MAINTENANCE
The Port owns and
maintains just over 15
miles of rail lines that
span our facility. The
budget for this year's
maintenance is $246,000.

COMMISSION MEETINGS

EQUIPMENT

The Port spends $32,500
per month maintaining
it’s fleet of nearly 250
vehicles. The average
annual fuel bill for these
vehicles is $325,000!

Regular meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday
of every month at 10:00 am and are open to the public.
Meeting times are subject to change.
For more information, visit portoflongview.com

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