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Railroad warrants approved

The Sunnyside Port Commission approved warrants in the amount of $3,400 during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon.

The warrants will pay for three permits to work on and near Union Pacific Railroad lines located near the Port's industrial wastewater treatment facility on Midvale Road. The money will pay for crossing, construction and insurance permits needed in order to do construction work near the railroad tracks that intersect with Port property, explained Port Manager Amber Hansen.

She said the need for the special permission is a result of the current construction being done for the Port's new sequencing batch reactor (SBR). She said one of the SBR's pipe lines will run under the railroad tracks from the SBR site to the Port's lagoon #4, located on the south side of the railroad tracks along Midvale and Duffy roads.

The commissioners also approved a clarification of its recent property purchase agreement of 221 acres located off Emerald Road. The Port plans to transform the former farm land into a wetlands area and filtering system for its treatment facility, Hansen said.

The amendment deals with who would be responsible for removal of any hazardous materials should any be found on the property, Hansen said.

The removal will be the responsibility of the Port.

"So far, however, in all our studies no hazardous materials have been detected," she said.

"We don't expect any to be found," she added.

The Port purchased the property, known as Emerald Ranches, from Snipes Mountain Farms LP, Rachelsea Farms and Jeff and Penny Ross.

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