In a city council chambers packed with log export supporters, the Newport City Council removed another hurdle between log exporting company Teevin Brothers and the log export operation it wants to operate at the renovated International Terminal off the Bay Road.
One export opponent spoke against the project as being inappropriate due to the noise of the bark removing equipment that will operate at the yard. She said she visited another Teevin yard in the valley and said the de-barker was very loud. Teevin representatives in the past have testitified before the Port of Newport and the Newport City Council that the de-barker equipment they plan to use in Newport is among the quietest in the industry and quite a bit quieter than other machines they use around Oregon.
City Councilors reviewed a report from the city planning commission that generally stated that a recent traffic impact analysis certified that the roads involved can handle the traffic and that signal light and street sign alterations up on Highway 20 approaching Harney are poised to accomodate the increased traffic loads. The council voted to accept and approve the study.
It remains to be seen what the opponents of the project will do next. Appealing the city council’s approval of the impact analysis with the state Land Conservation and Development Commission, or with the courts, are two options, among others, that could be explored.