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What Happens When A Derelict Boat Sinks in Pillar Point Harbor?
Fri January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Destruction of Abandoned Sinking 60’ Commercial Fishing Vessel (Moren).
Emergency Expenditure for the Disposal of an Abandoned Sinking Vessel Located at Pillar Point Harbor
Approve the General Manager’s decision to authorize an emergency expenditure to enter into an agreement with San Diego Boat Movers for an amount not to exceed $49,800, with a 10% contingency in the event there is a need for change orders due to unforeseen challenges and authorize the General Manager to issue change orders up to the contingency amount of $54,780 for the disposal of the abandoned, sinking 60’ commercial fishing vessel, Rachelle Nichole, in an environmentally safe and professional manner.
Policy Implications: Per policy 4.3.3 Emergency Expenditures. This policy establishes and clarifies the basis for the District’s emergency expenditures. In the event of an emergency occurrence for which an immediate expenditure decision must be made to address the emergency concern in the interests of health, welfare, and safety. This is consistent with District’s goal to assure the public is provided with safe, well maintained public facilities and ensure the marine environment is protected.
Background: Rachelle Nichole is a 60’ wooden commercial fishing vessel that has been docked at Pillar Point Harbor. The vessel has been neglected by the owner, has fallen into disrepair and has been taking on water. The abandoned vessel owner, who does not live in the area nor has contacts available in the area, has been unresponsive. Additionally, the owner currently owes over $5,500 to the District and has a history of failing to pay for slip fees in a timely manner.
Staff observed the vessel listing to one side so placed District emergency dewatering pumps inside to prevent it from sinking. Intake of water through seams in the planks and decks, seepage of shaft logs, stuffing boxes and gear throughout the bilge, and water ingress in open planks at stem fitting, futtocks seams and at keel/rudder post in the stern are the primary factors to the vessel sinking. These failures resulted in the emergency dewatering pumps constantly running, therefore, immediate action had to be taken. The vessel contained fuel and oils that would prove harmful to the environment if the vessel were to sink, thus it was crucial that the vessel be removed immediately and properly disposed of.
Staff reached out to DBW to see if the costs of the demo could be covered by the SAVE Grant Program, but were told that since the vessel was used as a commercial fishing vessel it was not eligible, despite the fact that the vessel is CA registered. The District contacted multiple contractors to obtain quotes for the demo and professional disposal of the vessel. San Diego Boat Movers’ quote of $49,800 was the least expensive, second lowest quote was $25k more. Therefore, the GM approved this emergency action to protect the environment. The vessel removal was successfully completed Monday, January 18, 2021.
Motion: Approve the General Manager’s decision to authorize an emergency expenditure to enter into an agreement with San Diego Boat Movers for an amount not to exceed $49,800, with a 10% contingency in the event there is a need for change orders due to unforeseen challenges and authorize the General Manager to issue change orders up to the contingency amount of $54,780 for the disposal of the abandoned, sinking 60’ commercial fishing vessel, Rachelle Nichole, in an environmentally safe and professional manner.
San Mateo County Harbor District Board Meetings ~ 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00pm
Board of Harbor Commissioners Contact Information:
Virginia Chang Kiraly, President
Nancy Reyering, Vice President, Secretary
Tom Mattusch, Treasurer
William Zemke, Commissioner
Edmundo Larenas, Commissioner
District Office: 504 Avenue Alhambra, Ste. 200, El Granada, CA 94018
Mailing Address: PO Box 1449, El Granada, CA 94018
Phone: (650) 583-4400 Fax: (650) 583-4614
The Harbor District is governed by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, who were elected county-wide for staggered four-year terms. Beginning with the election in 2020, Commissioners will be elected by District, as was approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2018.
At the Regular Board meeting of January 15, 2020, Commissioner Nancy Reyering was voted in as President of the Harbor Board of Commissioners for the calendar year, 2020.
At a special meeting of the Harbor Board of Commissioners on September 19, 2019, Commissioner Reyering was elected to the office of Vice President in addition to her office of Secretary.. .
At the January 16, 2019 Regular Board meeting, Commissioner Reyering was elected to the position of Secretary by the majority of the Board.
Commissioner Nancy Reyering was elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2018.
Nancy is a lifelong peninsula resident. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Linguistics and French. During her professional career, she founded a property development and management company specializing in executive office complexes in Atherton, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. As a volunteer she has taught high school (AP French), served as VP at Stanford Professional Women Alumnae Association, and is currently a director of the Committee for Green Foothills.
Awards for Ms. Reyering’s work include a San Mateo County Sustainable Development Award, and Woodside Environmental Champion.
As a third generation Californian, and a sailor from a young age, Ms. Reyering has sailed out of almost every port in San Mateo County, and has lifetime interests in our coast and marinas. Nancy will work collaboratively with the public and fellow commissioners to ensure the mission statement of the Harbor District is met.
At the January 15, 2020 Regular Board meeting, Commissioner Chang Kiraly was voted in to the positions of both Vice President and Secretary of the Harbor Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Chang Kiraly was elected as President of the Harbor Board of Commissioners at a special meeting on September 19, 2019. She was previously Board President in 2018.
At a special meeting on November 16, 2015, the Board of Commissioners interviewed six candidates seeking to fill the vacancy on the Board. Virginia Chang Kiraly was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy, Commissioner Chang Kiraly ran for a four year term in 2016 and won, being elected to a four year term on the Harbor Board. She was re-elected to Vice President of the Board on January 18, 2017.
Virginia earned her B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development. She served on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for two years from 2007-2009 and as Foreperson from 2008-2009. During her time on the Civil Grand Jury, she led an effort to connect public school fire alarms to first responders, such as fire departments (2008-2009); curb public employee pensions in San Mateo County cities (2008-2009); and discourage public agencies from using cash out re-funding of their general obligation bonds (2007-2008)– a practice that has since been deemed illegal in California.
Virginia has fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country’s leading financial institutions.
She serves on the boards of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, California State Parks Foundation, and Sequoia High School Education Foundation. She is the founder and President of Ring The Bell Fund, which was established in 2012 to advocate, educate, and raise funds for school fire alarms to be connected to first responders and for automatic sprinklers to be installed in schools. She is a member of the San Mateo County Community College District’s Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Sequoia Union High School District’s Career Technical Education Steering Committee. She is a guest lecturer on “Women & Management” at Notre Dame de Namur.
A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Ken, live in unincorporated West Menlo Park with their two sons.
Contact information for Virginia Chang Kiraly:
At the Regular Board meeting on January 15, 2020, Commissioner Tom Mattusch was once again voted in as Treasurer of the Harbor Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Mattusch has served as the Treasurer in 2018 and 2019.
Commissioner Tom Mattusch was first elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2014, and re-elected in November of 2016. He was elected as President of the Commission, re-elected for a 2nd term at the Board Meeting of January 18, 2017.
Captain Tom Mattusch is the owner/operator of the Huli Cat, a charterboat in Pillar Point Harbor. He has fished the West Coast since 1967. He fishes for salmon, rockfish, tuna, Dungeness crab, flatfish and Humboldt squid. Tom also participates in Nature Trips, Bird Watching, Whale Watching and ash scattering at sea. He was a Member of the CA DFW Salmon Stamp Committee, License Agent Advisory Committee, NOAA’s Sportfishing Action Team and is an Ambassador for DFW’s Fishing Passport Program. Tom was a Member of the Regional Working Groups for the Central and North Central Coast Region to assist in the creation of the network of marine reserves along the coast. Past Board Member of the Golden Gate Fishermans Association and the Fishery Enhancement and Research Foundation. He is currently on the Board of Coastside Fishing Club and assists the National Weather Service as a Marine Users Group member. Tom has collaborated with the PCFFA and Institute for Fisheries Research on research projects. In addition to charterboat activities Tom participates in fisheries research with NOAA/NMFS, The Nature Conservancy and has completed projects with Scripps, Point Reyes Bird Observatory and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He has participated in Exempted Fisheries Permit projects for chilipepper and other underutilized species. Tom has experience in healthcare operations management and an MBA in Management. A former competition freediver, underwater hockey player, Tom has worked out of Pillar Point Harbor since 1992.
Commissioner Zemke was appointed to the position of Commissioner San Mateo County Harbor District, District 1 on November 3, 2020 for a term of four years. He has been a resident of South San Francisco since 1976 and has worked to improve the community as an appointed city official on various commissions as well as filling many volunteer positions.
Raised in Spokane Washington, he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1973. Upon graduation he moved to California to take a position with Pacific Gas and Electric. Over a 38 year career he worked on generation planning and environmental and regulatory compliance activities, and received the Company’s Mielke award for Outstanding Community Services in 1996. He enjoys woodworking, gardening and other outdoor activities including hiking the diverse environments of San Mateo County’s shorlines, forests and hills.
Commissioner Larenas was re-elected to his seat on the Harbor Board of Commissioners in November of 2018.
Commissioner Larenas was elected as Secretary of the Harbor Board of Commissioners at the Board Meeting of January 17, 2018.
Edmundo Larenas was re-elected to a four year seat on the San Mateo County Harbor Commission November 6, 2018. Commissioner Larenas was elected originally for a two year seat on the Commission November 2016.
Commissioner Larenas was voted to the position of Treasurer at the SMCHD Board Meeting of January 18, 2017.