ELGIN, UCEDC 'CLEAR AIR' ON PARK

March 22, 2001 11:00 pm

By T.L. Petersen

Observer Staff Writer

Following Wednesdays accusations that the private economic development corporation in Union County is unwilling to help develop the new Elgin Industrial Park, action may come as soon as next week.

Three members of the Elgin City Council one member shy of a quorum met with the board of directors of the Union County Economic Development Corporation Thursday evening in La Grande.

It was a good meeting, said Elgin councilor John McElravy. It kind of cleared the air.

And the council expects that, as early as Monday, UCEDC might have a written proposal for the sale of the industrial park land to the city.

What were looking at is some kind of proposal that would address transferring the industrial park land to city ownership, McElravy said.

No cost figures were discussed at Thursdays meeting, he said.

In attendance at the meeting were McElravy and Elgin councilors Marc Stauffer and Galen Clark, but not Mayor Berta Churchill, who had to leave after Wednesdays meeting with the county commissioners for a doctors appointment in Portland.

Also at Thursdays 45-minute meeting were County Commissioner John Howard, Dennis Spray, county general services administrator, and Joe Garlitz, Elgins city administrator.

The Elgin councilors had gone to the county commission Wednesday, saying that UCEDC was unwilling to be a partner in developing the industrial park after the corporation had arranged a land trade with Boise Cascade for the property some months ago.

McElravy said he expects that Elgin city officials will consider the proposal next week, and then meet late in the week.

We really appreciate them talking with us, he said of the Thursday gathering. It was a good meeting.