The challenges for the Treasure Valley Reload continue to pile up.
Now, the state has told officials they won’t pass on any more money until local project leaders figure out the future of the stalled project.
Let’s catch you up quick on what’s happened.
*The Oregon Department of Transportation put the padlock on $8 million sorely needed to keep construction going.
*That means construction on even the foundation for the shipping center can’t go forward. That was supposed to be underway back in May.
*The publicly-funded shipping depot doesn’t have anyone to run it. Leaders are scrambling to find a terminal manager, but that’s going to take time. The project manager is talking to companies to step in, though no details are being shared.
*Perhaps the biggest hurdle is money. Even if the state turned loose its money, Malheur County Development Corp. needs to find another $5.5 million. That won’t be easy. Getting more state money is unlikely. Pulling in a federal grant would take time. And borrowing will be tricky if there’s no source for repayment.
*Despite the setbacks, county officials and project leaders vow to see the reload center finished.
Reporters Pat Caldwell and Steven Mitchell have been staying on top of this and have the latest report, below. They also will report on the public meeting of the board of the development company, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Malheur County Courthouse.
What questions do you have about this? Send them to Editor Les Zaitz by email – [email protected].
In another development, the board of Pioneer Place, Malheur County’s only remaining nursing home, is seeking public help as it faces very tough financial conditions.
The board has scheduled a special public meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Vale Senior Center. Citizens from throughout the county are asked to attend and help decide the future of Pioneer Place. The meeting will include background information and options ahead. The session will be moderated by Les Zaitz of the Malheur Enterprise.
Reporter Pat Caldwell is preparing a story in advance of the meeting that will be published online on Monday to give you vital backround.
Here’s a look at some of the more recent other news to bring you up to speed on life in Malheur County.
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