COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency resolved a strained relationship with the South Coast Development Council by agreeing to pay it $15,625 for services in 2008-09.
The agreement came after Interim City Manager Rodger Craddock and City Manager Rodger Craddock met with SCDC officials earlier in the month to negotiate the settlement.
The city’s former city manager had suggested a $25,000 contract between the agency and SCDC had been voided, but Craddock found that not to be the case.
He said SCDC officials pointed to several examples of work conducted on behalf of the city’s URA, including talks with Lowe’s and Fred Meyer. The former had looked at property within the downtown urban renewal district, while Fred Meyer had considered remodeling or relocating from its existing facility on First Street.
The SCDC was involved in those discussions, as well as talks about getting access and rail crossings to the Central Dock property, Craddock said.
“They did provide work on behalf of the city,” he said.
Daily said he views the payment as support for the SCDC as it regroups following the loss of its former director, Ron Opitz, who died this past winter. The council, which serves as a central clearinghouse to recruit businesses to the area, hired Sandra Messerle about a month later.
“I’m confident we are likely to get our money’s worth out of SCDC with her at the helm,” said Daily.
Daily had previously suggested the city didn’t need to pay the SCDC because work wasn’t performed but he said he was satisfied that some services had been provided.
Craddock said a $25,000 agreement for this year will pay SCDC based on time spent working on district projects.
The agency voted 6-1 in favor of the payment for work in 2008-09, the lone dissenting vote coming from Stephanie Kramer.
“I still don’t feel we owe this money,” she said.