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BOC field trip to Coos Bay, Barton email invites pro ORC crowd

BOC field trip to Coos Bay, Barton email invites pro ORC crowd

The BOC meeting is on the road once again and will be held at the Coos Bay City Hall beginning at 9:30 AM tomorrow morning. SCDC executive director, Sandy Messerle, sent out a broadcast email today, signed by Jon Barton, begging ORC supporters to show up at the conveniently relocated meeting pressure the board in advance of a hearing next week regarding a possible surface use lease on county forest.

Good Morning,

On Tuesday, November 20th there will be a County Commissioners’ meeting held at Coos Bay City Hall at 9:30AM that requires your attendance. There will be a number of items on the agenda that do not concern ORC but there is a public comment period starting immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance at 9:30AM in which the public may express its views on pending events. Each person who wishes to speak will have three minutes to express his or her thoughts.

Why is this meeting important? This meeting is important because it immediately precedes a hearing which will be held on Monday, November 26th in which the Board of Commissioners will hear more relevant testimony, deliberate and decide* on whether to approve a land access agreement to the property owned by the County on which the mineral rights are owned by Kimberly Clark. Testimony is cumulative and by attending both sessions and expressing your views you provide support and guidance to the commissioners as they contemplate their decision. This hearing will be held in Coquille which may be a bit more difficult for some of you to attend, hence the importance of the meeting on the 20th.

These meetings may determine whether ORC continues mining in Coos County or shuts down completely putting another 75 family wage earners in the unemployment line, something we definitely do not need in Coos County. An ORC shutdown would adversely impact at least one trucking company, one contractor, fuel suppliers, utilities and a variety of other business that support the ORC activity. Without access to the additional Kimberly Clark mineral reserves, ORC will likely not be able to continue to finance their operation through the current world wide recessionary situation. Accordingly, timing is critical. There is no time to waste while Kimberly Clark takes legal action against the county for preventing access which, by law, they are required to allow.

Why is your attendance important? There is a small but highly vocal group of people representing themselves as “the public” who oppose virtually every development opportunity that comes to Coos County. In fact, the public is much more than the dozen or folks who apparently have nothing else to do but rail against development at commissioner meetings. The commissioners need to know what the “real public” thinks about such matters. I realize we are all working or running our businesses and it is difficult to take time to come and speak or just come and be supportive but if we don’t, we risk abdicating to whims of those who do not have such obligations. By not being present we empower them. By being present we let them, as well as the commissioners, know how the rest of us, the true majority, feel about such matters.

Please make time to attend either or both meetings. They are critical.

See you there.

Jon Barton

Apparently, the chairman of the board, Fred Messerle, has moved the meeting to Coos Bay, at much expense, in order to make giving testimony in support of an Australian company that gambled and failed in the global marketplace and is essentially asking for another bailout from county taxpayers.

*Note- The board will not make a decision next Tuesday. The law requires the county to hold two hearings.

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9 Responses to "BOC field trip to Coos Bay, Barton email invites pro ORC crowd"

  1. Fool's Errand  November 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Anyone know what law it is that requires the county to hold two hearings?

  2. susanP  November 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    What bullcrap in the November 21 World paper. But then what do you expect from the trainee Kiwi reporter and skateboard wheel expert editor at the worst paper on the North America continent?

    “Our survival hangs in the balance”. No it doesn’t. Other than tieing up the land for 17 years it does not do much. The lease as written is no good for the county.

    “The commissioners may hold a second meeting”. Only if they want to comply with the law.

    Messerle likes the agreement as written. He obviously hasnt read too many contracts. And, if the lawyer told him its OK, the lawyer should be fired before the day is done.

    Knutson wants something done now. Complain to IDM Knute. It’s IDM and ORC who are waiting for Messerle to cave in and give more away. ORC has been given too much already. Isn’t it Knuts trucks who haul ORC mud?

    Hopefully Parry will try to demonstrate that he is smarter than Messy and will toss the agreemnt as written.

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    magix  November 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Apparently, there is excellent video to come out of the meeting and I will post a couple of clips as soon as it is available

  4. themguys  November 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Wow, Clark just wrote today, that the unwilling public shouldn’t have to pay for surgery for a guy who shot himself in the face in Bandon, in jail and asking to have surgery so he can eat and speak. Clark says the public shouldn’t have to pay for this shmuck’s jaw, but here is his crowd, led by the Public Pink Piglets Messerlie and The Walrus, manipulating a public meeting to plead for more of those same people’s money to temporarily bail out a lousy-run, lousy-represented failing foreign corporation not smart enough to run their business, who can’t cut it even with how many hundreds of thousands of tax breaks paid for by those same public taxpayers? Wow, that is REALLY forward thinking boys ! Which one of you Brainiacs came up with this one, the same Brainiac that ordered, received and planted dozens of incorrect political signs? Those smart guys and gals? Wow.

    Does this mean The Bobsey Boys will wear their matching satin jackets? A bunch of old white guys with $2.50 haircuts in matching satin jackets, what a treat, and what a force to be reckoned with, indeed.

    Kinda reminds me of

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    aghast!  November 19, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    The “real public”. Really? Is the walrus trying to talk the clams into just laying down on his plate?

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      magix  November 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      The walrus just headed up an epic fail, blowing more than $40K because he thought he could read public opinion. Yet here he is again telling everyone how the “real public” feels.

      Give it up, old man. You are out of touch

      • Pig Nuts  November 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        “Walrus”? Really?

        Aren’t you people a bit harsh?

        I believe “Puss Gut” would be a bit more appropriate when referring to Mr. Barton…

        & answer one question regarding Miss Sandra Geyser Messerle, in the six years that she has collected her $80,000 a year salary from SCDC exactly what has this Hen accomplished? Name one thing, aside from being a parasitic leach…

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          magix  November 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

          You would not be the first to ponder the qualifications and effectiveness of the very impolitic Mrs Messerle

  6. susanP  November 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Whata jerk! Why is Bart pimping for ORC? Why not state fact and not emotion Bart? It’s not a “land access agreement”. It’s a “surface mining agreememt”. Is “the contractor” who will be hurt your port pal Kronsteiner? Negotiating a lease for 400 acres will not cause ORC to go bankrupt. There is no reason to give ORC anything. They owe the taxpayers big time for the tax relief. Why dont you tell us Bart why this is a good deal for the taxpayers.


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