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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Auscrete returns to Goldendale

 

February 7, 2018

Auscrete screen shot

HOMES FOR THE MASSES: Auscrete Corporation wants to locate in Goldendale. It builds economic and eco-friendly houses.

When the Goldendale city council met Monday night, the big surprise was the return of John Sprovieri, the businessman behind Auscrete. That's the company that hopes to manufacture special concrete building panels for home construction. Last summer the company made an agreement to buy five acres of city property in the Goldendale industrial park. That agreement expired Oct. 20, and most people assumed that was that. But at last night's meeting Sprovieri announced that the company had secured financing by taking in some partners and was ready to buy.

"At this stage, everybody is set to go," he told the council. "Everbody wants to get this project up and rolling immediately. So what I am doing up here now is I am at the stage where I'm coming with a check in my pocket to buy this piece of land."

He said there was some urgency on the matter, so the council agreed to a special meeting just on this topic that will be scheduled today, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at city hall.

City administrator Larry Bellamy said the easiest thing to do would be to have the council vote to modifiy the former agreement with Auscrete to change the expiration date to sometime in February.

Council members also had two presentations, one on the massive remodeling project for the Goldendale library, set to start right after spring break. Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, made the presentation, which included floor plans of each of the three floors. She said there were a number of changes planned, including replacement of all the furniture, new windows for the portion of the library that was updated in 1990, new carpet, new shelves in some departments and rearrangement of the spaces involved to provide some quiet study rooms as well.

During construction, library operations will be transferred to the rear of city hall, in a space formerly occupied by the Chamber of Commerce while its building was being worked on.

Lou Marzeles also gave an update on the Goldendale Performing Arts Center and the social purpose corporation ArtNova. He said he had been surprised to learn that a former vice president of ArtNova had closed the company office and moved out without notifying either the landlord or Marzeles. He said no corporate property was taken but it had been a surprising move. In terms of investment, he said he has been encouraged by a new group of executives.

"We're in deep discussions now," he told council members. "I can't go into detail yet, but conditions are very promising."

In other actions, council members approved a $40,000 expenditure for a needed new sewer pump, and $5,651 for a cultural resources survey of land at the Little League field before they move some earth to increase the number of parking spaces at that site.

 

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