File under: No Surprise At All.
The Nippon mill is...no more. Kaput. Defunct. Deceased. It rolls out paper...no more.
Ah, but the end of the mill is likely only the beginning of bad news for the City of Port Angeles. Think unemployment. Think ripple effect. Think tax revenue losses. Think a big, big hole in the City's budget. And, not to be forgotten, think about the City's self-identity. ALL will be in crisis.
Now...Who thinks the Port Angeles City Council is able to deal with a crisis?
Some other subjects to ponder...The upcoming renewal of the City's contract to provide water to the Nippon plant. Currently, they get up to 20 million gallons a day for $15,500 a year. Anyone want to comment on the City's skill in negotiating such things?
Or...What about the harbor clean up? Think a gone, gone, gone Nippon is going to care about doing (or paying) their fair share?
Or...Log yard on the waterfront...Visual blight or charming olde fashioned eyesore?
And...That darned biomass power plant. It was only barelybarelybarely allowable as an "auxiliary" part of the paper mill. Even with that "exemption" that the City pushed through, it's still in violation of the City's own zoning, the state Shoreline Act, and other applicable statutes. Remember how they started work on the project without having their permits from the City? And remember how the City (Hello, Nathan West!) turned a blind eye to that? That sure has paid off, hasn't it? Just like those grants and loans to Pen Ply paid off...With a huge hole in the City's budget.
Notice how it all keeps coming back to a huge hole in the City's budget?
Can anyone think of anything else associated with the City of Port Angeles that has a huge hole in it?