A light agenda came before members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County this week.

A light agenda came before members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County this week.
According to Stephen Bell, president/CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce, Grace Yin with Sun Bio recently visited with representatives from Entergy regarding electricity for the Sun Bio construction site.
Yin and Bell also attended a meeting with representatives from MISO Energy regarding the application process for a power study.
“All they do in their study is compile a list of everyone who applies. They look at the power grid to determine how that is going to affect the power and the power grid and whether they will need to upgrade or add lines,” Bell explained.
According to Bell, Yin and Ray Dillion, consultant for Sun Bio, met with Dr. Tim Kauffman, Eric Hughes, Bill Wright and Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley regarding the plans and progress of Sun Bio.
“I think he (Dillion) is going to be a good person for us because he is going to be able to move things forward because of all of his experience in the timber industry,” said Bell.
Dillion is expected to be at the January meeting of the EDCCC to provide an update on Sun Bio’s long-range plans.
In addition, Bell reported that the closing on the purchase of two houses on the site for the Sun Bio mill.
Bell said there was no change in the status regarding the air permit. The air permit is needed before construction can begin on the mill.
“They are expected to finalize their air permit application in a couple of weeks. I think they are wanting to include as much as they can so they won’t have to come back in a few years to add something. I think they are actually looking at a broader permit that will allow them to do whatever they want to do in the future,” Bell said.
Other items addressed:
• Hughes reported that a portion of the Danfoss property is in the process of being purchased by the EDCCC.
In addition, Hughes reported that local developers are working with a property owner to secure the land that will be used for a landfill near Sun Bio.
• It was agreed that all officers of the EDCCC would retain their position for 2018. Officers are: Kauffman; chairman, Dr. Ceyla Taylor; vice-chair, Dr. Lewis Shepherd; immediate past chairman, J.L. Griffin; treasurer and Stacey Marlar; secretary.