County Commissioner Ken Cornell made the motion to request the meeting, saying he had hoped to discuss the meat processing plant with the Newberry City Commission at their July 10 joint meeting, but that didn’t happen.
Marlowe, however, said in the letter that the Newberry City Commission does “not feel there is anything left to say that would warrant another meeting to restate what has already been said.” Newberry requested that the County proceed with a Request for Proposals for a plant operator, “as that is the last missing piece of this puzzle… [A]ll that is left is to see if an operator can put forth a viable business plan to manage the facility to achieve the goals you have outlined.”
Marlowe wrote, “As you have already heard… our Commission supports the project, our farmers support the project, and our community supports the project… [Y]ou can see how much we support the three proposed projects in our willingness to donate two acres for the County’s Fire Training Facility, 10 acres for the recycling center, and 10 acres for the meat processing facility, which were all unanimously agreed upon by our five commissioners.” He said Newberry has only asked for “an elevated timeline for the safety improvements to County Road 337 from 2030 to 2026.”
Marlowe concluded, “We value your time, and we value the time of our residents. Therefore, we wish to save everyone’s valuable time in meetings in which no further points can be made… [W]e will continue to hope that there is an operator out there who can take this concept and turn it into a reality.”
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