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Malheur County Court considers renewing Smith’s contract

Malheur County officials expect to decide soon on renewing the annual contract with Greg Smith of Heppner for county economic development tasks. (The Enterprise/FILE PHOTO)

VALE – Malheur County officials are considering renewing the $180,000-a-year contract with Greg Smith to continue running their economic development agency and remain in charge of the struggling Treasure Valley Reload Center.

The contract with Smith, through his company Gregory Smith & Company of Heppner, expires June 30. The county has retained him since 2013 for economic development work at $9,000 a month and expanded the contract in 2017 for the Nyssa shipping project, adding in an additional $6,000 a month.

County commissioners last week tabled a decision on whether to keep Smith in place. The matter wasn’t on the agenda for the court’s meeting . . .