CHEESE FACTORY WILL BE EXPANDING
At their special meeting on November 18th, the City Council unanimously approved a lease with Face Rock Creamery for the existing 1,200 sq.ft. warehouse building west and south of the cheese factory which is currently being used by the Electric Department for materials and equipment storage. The cheese factory will be installing insulation and sheet rock on the inside, and some refrigeration units to use it as a cheese aging and storage facility. Certain cheeses must age for several months to several years at a temperature of 430 F to increase their sharpness and improve other qualities. Face Rock Creamery has indicated that their ultimate goal would be to eventually purchase enough property to construct new offices and additional storage. However, they need some additional storage space immediately due to the large number of orders they are anticipating. Face Rock Creamery currently employs 17 individuals (some full-time and some part-time), and they estimate that this number could double if their on-site, export, and internet sales increase as projected. Without leasing the additional storage from the City, their other options would have been to rent some refrigerated trailers or rent or construct a building someplace else.
The lease is for an initial term of three years at $600 ($.50/sq.ft) per month for the first year, increasing to $750 per month for the second year, and $1,000 per month for the third year. Face Rock Creamery is hopeful that within a year they would be able to negotiate a price with the City for purchasing additional property at the existing City Shop property so they could construct a larger building for cheese storage, shipping, packaging, and offices. The new lease can be canceled by Face Rock Creamery with 90 days advance notice. In the event of such a cancellation without mutual agreement, the City would retain ownership of the building improvements and refrigeration equipment.
Regarding the City’s use of the building and property, the plan is to relocate all of the City Shop operations to the new City Shop site southwest of the 11th Street and Rosa Road intersection. This will move the emergency vehicle, equipment, and materials storage out of the 100 year flood plain and make them much less susceptible tsunami inundation. The storage which is currently located in the warehouse building will be relocated to other parts of the existing building and to the transformer building which has already been constructed at that new location. The most critical use in the building is the “hot stick” room where the equipment and for working on live (“hot”) electric transmission lines is kept in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. As part of the new City Shop relocation process, the Electric Department has determined that the preferred alternative would be to purchase a “hot stick” trailer. Such a trailer has been ordered, and is preferable to a fixed location, since it will allow all of the equipment to be immediately hauled and available at any work site.
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The Holidays are rapidly approaching
take a video tour of an Oregon cranberry farm
Our thanks to the Oregon Farm Bureau for sharing their video tour of Charlie Ruddell from the Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau. The tour includes wet harvest and dry harvest of cranberries, and also shows them being cleaned by our friends at the Russell Cranberry Company!
Oregon raises about 7% of the U.S. cranberry crop. The berries are Oregon's 37th largest crop by production value.
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Bandon Biota Changes Boundary of State Park Lands Desired for Golf Course
The proposed exchange between Bandon Biota and the Parks Department is still ongoing, with detailed negotiations taking place between the two parties. However, there is a recent important change. Bandon Biota still hopes to acquire 280 acres of Bandon State Natural Area (BSNA) so that the Bandon Dunes golf resort can build a sixth golf course. According to a May 2013 Golf Travel Insider article, Michael Keiser, owner of Bandon Dunes, owns sufficient land in the area to build a "pretty good" golf course, but the additional BSNA land would make it "superlative." Now, however, Keiser has requested some different, new acreage: a long chimney of land further north in BSNA. This northern oblong is all adjacent to Keiser ownership. The western edge of the proposed BSNA exchange lands would be drawn further east to compensate.
This long strip of BSNA land Keiser now wants is rare and valuable habitat, containing many wetlands and undisturbed natural plant communities, as can be seen on the map. It is troubling that Bandon Biota would request a major change so late in the negotiations in the lands they hope to acquire. Furthermore, these new lands the public would lose are very important and rare dunal wetland systems, largely unspoiled by gorse or other invasives. Oregon Coast Alliance opposes this exchange for many reasons, including major loss of farmland in Coos and Grant Counties. A key consideration is the importance of coastal State Parks to Oregonians, and the high value of uncommon dune and wetland habitats. The new acreage proposed for exchange makes this proposal worse, as Oregonians would lose even more rare coastal habitat than before.
There is still plenty of time for Oregonians to state their concerns with this project.The Parks Department is accepting public comment on the Biota exchange proposal until the Parks Commission meeting November 20th. Please send comments to: OPRD.email@example.com
Here are my comments to the ODPR
To Whom It Concerns:
The following is comment on the proposed Bandon Biota request for boundary changes of State Park Lands that they desire for a new golf course.
Please allow the proposed changes, because anytime property is in the hands of private industry that property will produce revenue that will rebound in the community to stimulate the economy. The ideal situation would be for the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to sell this property on the open market to the highest bidder. Then the owner of The Dunes Golf Course, Michael Keiser would have the chance to buy it and put the property back on the tax roll to benefit everyone.
The system of trying to piecemeal together properties to switch and trade in these high-stakes land deals gives the perception of impropriety. Trading gorse for the Grouse Ranch is no deal for the people around the ranch and there is no evidence that they support the deal, so why should we screw them.
Mr. Keiser has a proven record of creating jobs, employing family providers, thus feeding the people of Coos County and he should be celebrated for all that his industry has brought to the southern coast of Oregon. All the ODPR has done is use tax dollars to take more property out of circulation in the real-estate market and to the detriment of the people.
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935 Division Street
Bandon OR, firstname.lastname@example.org
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In this section is a link to an excellent article on Urban Planning and a downloadable file containing a paper released in 1995 discussing the detriments of government development. Please take the time and read why we should all be fighting these policies.....Rob T.
The State of Oregon is sending a survey to economic and community development “practitioners,” including city managers, county executives, elected officials, and local business owners. It asks what economic development projects the state should take on.
A state spokesman says, “We want stories and experiences and recommendations on how to get better.” Given that “free money” is always welcome, the inevitable huge response surely will be taken as a sign that finally the state can make the proper decisions about how to invest other people’s money, namely the taxpayers’.
Steve Buckstein is founder and Senior Policy Analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.
Learn more at cascadepolicy.org.
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The following link will take you to a study titled “Promises Made Promises Broken, The Betrayal of Pensioners, and Taxpayers”. The report has determined that Oregon has the ninth worst PERS program, which will result in higher taxes for the Taxpayer and fewer benefits for public workers, if the Oregon state legislature does not do something about this problem. I think government employees should receive some type of pension plan, but it is going to have to come from the open market not programs sustained by tax dollars….Rob T. http://www.statebudgetsolutions.org/doclib/20130830_PromisesMadePromisesBroken%E2%80%94TheBetrayalofPensionersandTaxpayers.pdf
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation is the organization that funds land aquisitions for the agencies in The Department of Interior and Americans have a duty to stop this drain of money. This foundation is where the US Fish & Wildlife Services receives money for projects like the Bandon Marsh expansion. One clue to know how bad this bill is for the people, Senator Barbara Boxer is the Sponsor. Need I say more?...Rob T.