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Million-dollar errors dogging Malheur County’s rail center project

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, is managing development of the Treasure Valley Reload Center. (The Enterprise/file)

NYSSA - Malheur County economic development officials are correcting million-dollar errors contained in a report to the state on the proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center, the rail shipping center planned for Nyssa.

A crucial chart in last September’s submission to the Oregon Department of Transportation overstated the cost of rail construction, misrepresented land costs, and understated road improvements by nearly $3 million.

The figures were an effort by the Malheur Economic Development Corp. to account to the state for how it would use $26 million in public money for the Nyssa project. The September submission followed months of work, including that by consultants who were paid $343,856.

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development . . .