WATCHDOG: Nyssa rail project faces jeopardy as state stops funds, seeks overdue agreements

Greg Smith, Malheur County's economic development director and project manager for the Nyssa rail shipping project.

The state has suspended funding for the Treasure Valley Reload Center, warning that more delay by Malheur County’s development team imperils construction of the Nyssa project.

The Oregon Department of Transportation put the county’s development company on notice in an April 9 letter recently obtained by the Enterprise.

In that letter, the state questions past representations from the Malheur County Development Corp., the development company deputized by Malheur County commissioners to run the project. The agency is insisting that key agreements that the development company has been promising for months now get finished by mid-June. Otherwise, there could be no more state money, letter said.

Cooper Brown, the Transportation Department assistant director of operations who . . .