Oversight of Smith unclear as reload project falters

A freight train rolls past the site of Treasure Valley Reload Center as work continues on a new parallel spur on April 29. (The Enterprise/LES ZAITZ)

VALE ­– The questions piled one on top of another as officials sought explanations for the troubles plaguing the Treasure Valley Reload Center.

Directors of Malheur County Development Corp. wanted to know whether a key contractor had been cut a special deal at public expense. They wanted to know why bids to get the lowest cost on some materials weren’t sought.

In a meeting Saturday, May 7, they focused their attention on Anderson Perry & Associates, the La Grande engineering firm managing construction of the Nyssa project.

But the directors posed no questions to the person paid at public expense for nearly five years to oversee the project . . .