Members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County learned Tuesday that Sun Bio delegates were in Arkadelphia last week for meetings and a tour of the proposed Sun Bio site.

Members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County learned Tuesday that Sun Bio delegates were in Arkadelphia last week for meetings and a tour of the proposed Sun Bio site.
“We had a meeting to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding that will take place between the city and Sun Bio when it comes to the water and sewer portion of it,” said Stephen Bell, president/CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce.
According to Bell, in order for Sun Bio to qualify for low interest state bonds, an agreement must be reached between the city and Sun Bio involving the creation of a public facilities board.
Local and Chinese delegates also attended the Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs during their visit.
“I gave a presentation on Sun Bio to the Senate State Agencies Committee,” said Bell.
In addition, Bell reported that Steve Weston of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department recently met with the local economic development team and community officials to conduct a preliminary report.
According to Bell, the Highway Department is expected to approve all the railroad crossings leading to the Sun Bio plant site.
“To have the Highway Department actively involved in the Sun Bio project and the public transload facility was a good step forward,” said Bell.
A recent conference call with Poyry Engineers regarding rail services resulted in a request to install an additional rail spur leading into the Sun Bio wood yard.
According to Bell, approximately 10,000 tons of wood chips per day is expected to be shipped into the Sun Bio facility.
In addition, Sun Bio will be responsible for the cost of the additional rail spur.
Bell also reported that soil borings are scheduled for a proposed site of a landfill near the Sun Bio site.
“It looks like there might be sand under the location we’ve selected. That’s not what will be best for a landfill,” said Bell.
Other items addressed:

• The board approved a request for an EDA reimbursement in the amount of $44,449.61.