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Rail planners juggle ideas, expectations

Officials and residents offer suggestions for the the rail reload facility project at the Nyssa City Council chambers. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NYSSA – For the past nine months, Greg Smith has not wavered from the mantra that one of the biggest challenges for a new multimillion-dollar rail reload facility is managing expectations.

Recently in the Nyssa City Council chambers Smith, the county’s economic development director, returned to that theme as officials and residents offered suggestions that often outpaced the budget for the project.

 “I have $26 million,” Smith said. “We must still acquire the land. We must go through a planning process. I must get water and sewer, and I may have to build a road. I need to build a building. Buy equipment. And spend $6 million on rail,” he said.

Smith said $26 million . . .