The Navy wants to conduct training at the Oak Harbor Marina, but citizens likely won’t even notice.
The Oak Harbor City Council will discuss the Navy’s right of entry request during a busy workshop from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 22.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be livestreamed on the City of Oak Harbor Youtube channel and local channel 10.
Navy officials want permission to do stealth training at the marina, which will include launching and recovering watercraft from the boat ramp in the marina, insertion and extraction of trainees using various watercraft, and diving and swimming to objective areas after being deployed from watercraft.
The agreement between the city and the Navy, if approved, would run from Jan. 1, 2021, to Jan. 3, 2026.
The right of entry agreement includes a termination clause should the city decide to terminate the agreement early.
According to a draft of the agreement, no explosives or live ammunition may be expended for training purposes unless needed for safety or emergencies and personal flares may not be used except to alert rescue personnel to the unit’s location.
The Navy conducts stealth training on public beaches and parks across Puget Sound.
During the workshop, the council is also scheduled to discuss a professional services agreement for an interim finance director from the Municipal Research Services Center. The interim director would begin in August, when Finance Director Patricia Soule is expected to resign.
In addition, the council members will hear presentations about ongoing revisions being made to the Central Business District zoning code, an update on the hearings examiner contract and the latest news on negotiations on the letter of intent on Hillside Planned Residential Development.
Finally, the finance department will present the updated impacts of COVID-19 on city revenue and the Oak Harbor Fire Department will present its annual report for 2019.