County eyes land deal as investment for the future

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, talks to county commissioners at the Malheur County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Beside him is his assistant, John Braese. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

VALE – For the first time Wednesday the Malheur County Court explained to the public why it is set to pull taxpayer money out of the county budget to buy property north of Nyssa.

A large crowd gathered for the court’s regular session where they listened to Greg Smith, county economic development director, give Commissioners Don Hodge and Larry Wilson and County Judge Dan Joyce an update on the rail center project.

The Enterprise also live streamed the meeting over Facebook, where by Thursday morning it had collected more than 7,000 views.

Planned real estate transactions related to a proposed produce shipping operation came into sharp . . .