Port closes in on funding for building for a new employer
The Nov. 13 meeting of the Port of Quincy board was in the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center as usual, and some of the first things commissioners discussed were furnishings and equipment at the center.
All three commissioners were present for the meeting, held on a Tuesday instead of the usual Wednesday evening.
Sarah Hawes, who handles the scheduling of the conference center, said more chairs for the center had arrived. In the previous meeting, commissioners had discussed the need of Big Bend Community College for more chairs for Big Bend’s classes held in the center. The port board had approved spending $730 for 20 chairs and a dolly to meet Big Bend’s needs.
Commissioners also discussed a new fee schedule for the center’s rooms with the port staff. One of the commissioners’ concerns was to make sure the fees would still be competitive, and then they voted in favor of the new, slightly higher fee schedule.
The intermodal facility is a regular item on the port’s agenda, and it was discussed again on Nov. 13. The shipping facility is seeing “a ton of activity” lately, said Commissioner Curt Morris, “18 to 24 containers plugged in every day.”
Commissioner Brian Kuest then presented details on a document concerning a $2.5 million general obligation bond that he has been guiding toward completion. The board voted in favor of signing it. The port will use the funds to pay for construction of a building to be occupied by Raceway, a manufacturing company that the port has been working to bring to Quincy for a couple of years.
The board then voted on and approved an expense of about $10,000 for a cultural resources survey on the port’s vacant lots in Industrial Park 7, which is south of Quincy Valley School and Lauzier Park.
The board also agreed to sign a document for an easement at the Quincy Municipal Airport, a precursor to some expected construction in that area.
In new business, port commissioners discussed the interest expressed by a manufacturing company in coming to Quincy. The port is in the early stages of development of a site north of Amway that could be for this prospective new employer in town. There are some contingencies to deal with Morris said, but “it would be a great addition,” adding to the diversification of the local economy.
Commissioners also discussed the flagpole outside, in front of the conference center, and what it needs for a repair so that the flag can be replaced.
By Dave Burgess, email@example.com