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Council takes a tour of Cob site
Published August 29, 2004
Shifting their attention between maps, schematics
and a field off of West Langell Valley Road that
could be the home to a 1,150-megawatt power plant,
the councilors tried to picture what the proposed
plant would look like.
She was joined by Councilors Cheri Howard, Bill
Adams and Betty Dickson, and by Jeff Ball, city
The issue is also being considered by the Klamath
County Board of Commissioners. The enterprise zone,
established in 1986, is under the jurisdiction of
both city and the county, with both governing bodies
getting a say on any changes to the boundaries.
With an enterprise zone classification comes tax
incentives for businesses to build. The enterprise
zone change the city and county are considering
would free People's Energy from paying property
taxes for 15 years on the land.
The official, Rob Trotta, has since changed
positions with the company and is no longer working
on the project.
the Aug. 16 meeting, the three councilors in
attendance - Hart, Seiler and Adams - said they
needed to learn more about the Cob plant and the
possibilities of stretching the enterprise zone. At
the meeting they heard from about 20 opponents of
the plant and 10 supporters.
"This is just part of the information," Howard said.
Peoples Energy is still going through the process of
seeking state permission to build the plant, with
the the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council
expected to grant or deny a site license to Cob by
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