Wasco County Approves IGA Contingent On Legal Review
Wasco County Commissioners have voted to proceed with an intergovernmental agreement with Columbia Gorge Community College and the City of The Dalles to use three-point-five million dollars in enterprise zone funds from the third Google project to help CGCC build the Treaty Oak Skills Center. The CGCC board last week voted to proceed with a seven-point-six million dollar bond sale on the project pending signing of the IGA. County Commissioners approved the IGA contingent on legal review of some non-substantive elements of the agreement, but Commissioner Scott Hege said he didn’t want legal technicalities to prevent the project from moving forward. The College has a seven-point-three million dollar grant from the state for the project, and has committed $3.8 million to construct college housing toward the required match that would be completed with the enterprise zone funds, but the state requires those monies to be in the bank by February 11, and for that to happen the bond sale needs to proceed by January 28. CGCC President Marta Year-Cronin says the skills center and housing provides new opportunities for school, giving it the chance to become a destination to bring people in to train for local industry and to offer programs the school does not currently have facilities for.