Port delays decision

  • Sep. 29, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Port Clements has decided to delay any decisions about clearing a piece of land in the Industrial Park where the village hopes to build a barge terminal. Discussing the situation Monday night (Sept. 15), council members said the village met recently with the Solutions Table about a big eagle’s nest in one of the trees on the property. Acting mayor Urs Thomas said the village can’t move ahead with clearing the area until the eagle’s nest issue is resolved. The village had requested permission to cut down the nest tree and install a new nest stand somewhere else, but the Solutions Table has not agreed to that and would like to see the nest and surrounding trees left standing. Council members voted to table the issue, as there is no pressing need to move ahead with the clearing. The village has not yet secured all the funding it needs to build the barge terminal, which is expected to cost around $4 million. It is expecting to hear from the federal department of Western Economic Diversification around the end of this month about a possible $600,000 grant.

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