Sunnyside council cautious on tire recycling center proposal

The good news is that a business is interested in locating on the former Monson feedlot property, which the city purchased and turned into a prospective business park.

The bad news is that no one's sure they want the business - a tire recycling plant - to locate here.

During a Sunnyside City Council workshop last night, Monday, the general consensus was against siting the tire recycling business here.

Besides concerns about odors and environmental issues stemming from tire recycling, council was hesitant about the idea because the plant is asking Sunnyside to guarantee a loan for the project that would be between $25 million and $30 million.

Councilman Mike Farmer noted that a letter submitted to the city about locating a tire recycling center here didn't specify "what assets they're putting up."

Byron Olson, the city's CFO and deputy city manager, said Sunnyside doesn't have the capacity to guarantee a loan of that size and, even if it did, "It doesn't seem to make sense for the city at this point."

Added Councilwoman Theresa Hancock, "I'm thinking let's not go there."

City Manager Mark Gervasi said Dave McFadden of New Vision had offered to be a go-between for the city in talking with Francis X. Lame Bull, an attorney who submitted a letter proposing the tire plant on behalf of Native Renewable Resources.

Gervasi added that McFadden could help council by shedding light on a failed bid to locate a tire recycling operation in Moxee.

Despite council's lack of interest in pursuing the proposal, members gave in to Mayor Jim Restucci's call for having McFadden intervene for the city in speaking with Lame Bull.

Restucci pointed out the city pays to be part of New Vision, and as such McFadden's efforts on behalf of Sunnyside would be at no charge.


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