Minutes for Wednesday, October 04, 2000
PUBLIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
CALL TO ORDER
Vice Chairman Ray Thayer called the meeting to order at 5:30pm.
Ray Thayer; Alice Courtney; Jason Spadaro; Russ Rasmussen; Bill Link; Brian Prigel; Jim Riley; Wayne Vinyard; Miland Walling
Don Struck; Roger Holen; Dale Connell; Joan Frey; Randy Knowles; Mark Sigfrinius
Mike Smith; Nina Vinyard; Dan Lichtenwald
Dana Peck, Resource Development Director; Kathy Norton, Secretary.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Miland Walling made a motion to accept the minutes of the July 12, 2000 meeting as submitted; Wayne Vinyard seconded the motion. Motion passed.
GOLDENDALE ALUMINUM ANNOUNCEMENT: Bill Link reported to the board that the Aluminum Plants in Goldendale and The Dalles will be cutting production by 1/3. The high cost of electricity has contributed to this cut back.
SDS LUMBER ANNOUNCEMENT: Jason Spadaro reported that the SDS Lumber Company is cutting hours in the plywood department. A slowdown in construction activity and low plywood prices were listed as contributing factors.
CHAMPION/INTERNATIONAL PAPER ANNOUNCEMENT: Wayne Vinyard reported that International Paper is selling the newly acquired Champion timberlands. Bids will be taken on the sale of the lands until 2/3/01. Jason Spadaro informed the board that SDS Lumber Company will be aggressively pursuing acquisition of the timberlands to ensure long term operation of the mills.
GOLDENDALE ENERGY UPDATE: Dana Peck reported on the progress of the Energy Plant project. The entire board was also urged to attend the 7:00pm Goldendale Energy Open House being held at the school.
ALDERDALE POWER PLANT: Russ Rasmussen reported on the possibility of siting a power plant on the Mercer Ranch property in Benton County.
DALLESPORT WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM UPDATE: Dana Peck updated the board on the status of the project and reported that the project was on target with internal schedule.
Miland Walling presented a question of raising the amount of money used for the community projects from $350,000 to $450,000.
Ray Thayer presented a question by Don Struck regarding a revolving loan with the interest to fund community development projects.
To allow the board the opportunity to attend the Goldendale Energy Open House, these questions will be addressed at a future meeting.
NEXT MEETING: Following a discussion by the Board it was decided the EDA will meet every other month starting with January, 2001. Kathy Norton will poll members to set the day of the meetings. Kathy Norton will also check the County Commissioner’s schedule and contact Board members with the date of the November meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 6:50pm.