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Email exchanges follow port’s marina decision

January 15th, 2013 by Rachel Pritchett

Readers,

Below are some emails exchanged between Port of Bremerton CEO Tim Thomson, port Commissioner Axel Strakeljahn and an interested citizen, James Heytvelt, following commissioners’ vote Jan. 8 to not accept either of two proposals from entities offering to take over management of the Bremerton Marina. I received the emails after a public-documents request I placed with the port. I asked for any emails exchanged between the three commissioners and the CEO about the marina that were written Jan. 9, 10 and 11, on any official or personal server. I made the request to see if it might shed light on why the proposals were turned down so quickly and with so little discussion. These are interesting, but I still am left wondering.

— Rachel Pritchett, reporter
360-475-3783
rpritchett@kitsapsun.com

From: Tim Thomson
To: Larry Stokes; “r_zabinski@msn.com”; Axel Strakeljahn
Cc: Ginger Waye; Steve Slaton; Becky Swanson; Gordon Walgren
Subject: Heads Up on next SUN article
Date: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 7:25:56 PM
Commissioners;
Before departing this afternoon for a doctor appt, I called to follow up with Rob Wise on last nite’s decisions; he had two complaints. 1. He did not agree with consultant that his costs where transferred to the Port. “He would not do that”. Although this is an issue between him and consultant, we checked with Becky. She may have stated it differently but she agrees with BST. 2. He did not like that he was not invited to last nite’s meeting. True, I did not personally invite him but we learned fm our log that two members of Marsh Anderson attended last nite; and Ginger told him when he dropped off his proposal about the Jan 8 meeting. I tell you this because he was responding to the SUN and so I expect these issues to be in Rachel’s next story which I don’t expect it to be any better then her last piece of work.
T2

From: Axel Strakeljahn
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 05:10 PM
To: Tim Thomson
Subject: FW: Bremerton Marina comments from the RFP process
FYI
From: James Heytvelt [mailto:jmheytvelt@wavecable.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:43 PM
To: Larry Stokes; Roger Zabinski; Axel Strakeljahn
Subject: Bremerton Marina comments from the RFP process
Dear Commissioners
I have read the RFP response both Marsh Andersen LLC, and Marinas International Inc. Without going into my back ground where I have had experience in managing large organizations with union employees, often I have found that it not the union employees who are at the root cause of the circumstances we find our selves in.
My I believe that modern management techniques could improve the bottom line.
What caught my eye with the Marsh Andersen LLC reply is the listing of the job duties required to operate their marina by their employees.
Identification of job tasks, the length of time each tasks takes and how often the tasks are required sets up a good work unit base. This identification process will tell how much demand time is required. No one is waiting for the next event to react to. Identified and scheduled work often leads to improved productivity.
An identified work load could possible show how many workers are required. Also what is the management to worker ratio?
For what it is worth, I care about the situation we find our selves in and maybe together we can solve the problem.
Sincerely
Jim Heytvelt
9796 Harper HIll Rd S.E.
Port Orchard Wa. 98366
360 871 2541
jmheytvelt@wavecable.com

From: Tim Thomson
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:54 PM
To: Axel Strakeljahn
Subject: Re: Bremerton Marina comments from the RFP process
Noted; I’m disappointed Jim could not send this to just Steve and I and not bother the commissioners after all Steve has done for him.

From: Axel Strakeljahn
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 05:56 PM
To: Tim Thomson
Subject: RE: Bremerton Marina comments from the RFP process
Probably innocent thoughts.

From: Tim Thomson
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:07 PM
To: Axel Strakeljahn
Subject: Re: Bremerton Marina comments from the RFP process
Ok

From: Tim Thomson
To: Ginger Waye
Subject: FW: Bremerton Marina comments from the RFP process
Date: Friday, January 11, 2013 3:31:13 PM
This is all I have Ginger. I’ll look again though
Tim Thomson
Chief Executive Officer
Port of Bremerton
(360) 674-2381 X 21

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3 Responses to “Email exchanges follow port’s marina decision”

  1. Colleen Smidt Says:

    “so I expect these issues to be in Rachel’s next story which I don’t expect it to be any better then her last piece of work.”

    Well Mr. Thompson your thoughts (which are subject to public records requests) certainly made this new piece of work very interesting.

  2. Colleen Smidt Says:

    Thomson, sorry that p just slips in there with auto correct.

  3. Jane_Rebelowski Says:

    “after all Steve has done for him”. Mr. Thomson, this is exactly why the marina at Bremerton is failing. You and the other unqualified management staff try to run it like a good old boys club.

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