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Avard Regional Rail Park Authority convenes for January meeting


January 21, 2022

Members of the Avard Regional Railpark Authority convened for their monthly meeting Tuesday. Stan Bixler, Ed Sutter, Allan Poe and later Todd Holder were present; Bob Firth could not make it.

Woods County Economic Development Committee Executive Director Neal Williams and Woods County Clerk Shelley Reed also attended. Other guests were Jill Shero, Josh McClintock, Josh Coltrane from Emblem Strategies, and Josh Dougherty from CEC Engineering.

The board quickly approved minutes from their last meeting and moved on to review the financial report, which they ultimately approved. The balance sheet as of Jan. 18 reflected $79,072.50 in TIF money, with the total current assets at $452,091.56.

There were no updates on infrastructure expansion.

In his report as executive director, Williams pointed out a recent newspaper story highlighting the Sagners – the family who moved to Alva from Oregon to set up a greenhouse manufacturing facility at the railyard. Williams and the board expressed their enthusiasm for the family moving here and said they look forward to the new addition to Woods County.

A lease agreement with Jesse Chapman and Company got the signatures needed for approval.

Then, before convening in an executive session, Shero told everyone that she was excited for Avard in 2022.


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