Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Potential barge lease a hot button issue for local business owner - khqa.com

The city of Quincy wants to lease its barge dock.

But the lease agreements are creating disagreements in town with one business owner in particular.

Here's why-- last year the city put out a request for proposals on the Quincy Barge Dock to look at a firm to operate manage and market the dock.

That's after a study found no key user could generate the demand for unloading, to develop a port south of Lock and Dam 21.

The barge dock was included in the Quincy Next Strategic Plan and in that plan, officials want to develop the Mid-America Port to encourage the city and county to come together to create a potential economic engine.

Three companies presented their proposals late last year to the Barge Dock Committee.

It recommended a company called Consolidated Grain and Barge.

Quincy businessman Richard McNay also submitted but spoke in opposition to the committee's recommendation Monday night.

"I'd like to see the barge dock open to everyone," McNay said. "I'd invite any company with tonnage to move to show up tomorrow and in the future because the dock is open to everyone and they are more than welcome to use that dock."

Now, the Barge Dock Committee Meeting that was scheduled to take place at city hall Tuesday night has been postponed for a second time.

Instead, the committee has asked Mayor Moore and McNay to meet Tuesday.

Moore says his hope is to reach a compromise with McNay to benefit all parties.


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