Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Monday, June 10 @ 10:49 a.m.

Joint City, County, Harbor Meeting On Tuesday Will Decide Tri-Agency's Future

The Tri-Agency consists of the city, county and harbor district.


Members of the joint powers authority tasked with economic development in Del Norte County will meet under one roof Tuesday to decide its fate.

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, Crescent City Council and the Crescent City Harbor District Board of Commissioners will consider two choices. One is terminating the Tri-Agency Economic Authority.

The other choice is, obviously, allowing it to continue. The three governing bodies would then discuss potentially revising the joint powers agreement, contributions from each member agency, a staffing and work plan and how to pay for expenses related to existing litigation, according to Tuesday’s agenda.

The Tri-Agency board first considered dissolving the JPA on May 2.

At that meeting, the three member agencies voted to return the $30,000 and $10,000 contributions the Crescent City Council and the Harbor District made to the JPA for fiscal year 2023-24, Crescent City Mayor Blake Inscore told the Outpost.

The county had already asked for its $70,000 contribution back, according to Inscore.

The main point of contention continues to be offshore wind energy generation and an exclusionary clause that was inserted into the Tri-Agency’s joint powers agreement in January. The clause prohibits the Tri-Agency from supporting or pursuing activities related to offshore wind energy.

Del Norte County supervisors on Jan. 23 approved the joint powers agreement with the exclusionary clause. The following month, Crescent City Council and harbor commissioners approved the bylaws without the offshore wind energy exclusionary clause.

The joint meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Hall, 810 H Street in Crescent City.


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