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December 07, 2016
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Second parcel considered for food hub; Regional farmers said to benefit

There were battling charts at the government center on April 3, as lawmakers discussed an allocation of up to $110,000 for the creation of a food hub.
TRR photos by Fritz Mayer

At a meeting of the legislature last month, five members of the legislature voted to table the resolution to grant the money because they had questions about the project.

Near the end of the meeting, legislator Alan Sorensen said that just a few days before the meeting, through the foreclosure process, the county had come into possession of a 24-acre parcel of land located just across the road from the proposed parcel in Glen Wild, and that land might be suitable for the project. If that turns out to be the case, he said, it could significantly lower the amount of funding sought from the county.

Garigliano said the analyst working on the project would examine the property to see if it would work.

Legislator Kitty Vetter, who was one of the lawmakers who voted to table the funding resolution, said “the tabling of the resolution was a good thing, so this dialogue could happen.”

Legislator Ira Steingart, who is also chairman of the board of the IDA and one of the lawmakers who voted to grant the money last month, said, due diligence is fine but, “we need to be more proactive to make sure development happens.”

Legislator Cora Edwards said in response, if Garigliano’s presentation had been made to the legislature earlier, the legislators might have “bought into” the project earlier. She said, “As long as you’re giving some of the information to some of the legislators some of the time, you will not get a 100% buy-in.”