Saturday, May 5, 2012

Should Job Creation Council Support CuMo?

Major changes have occurred at the CuMo Exploration Project. The primary PR person at Scott Peyron and Associates for the CuMo Project has changed to Noelle Lovern and the Project Manager has changed to Kyle Fend. The changes reflect the scope of work on the project of permitting and core drilling by Kirkness Drilling. A meeting will be held in the Centerville Fire Station, May 11, at 6 p.m. The Job Creation and Retention Council needs to know from this meeting if they should continue to be an overt supporter of the mine or an intervenor.

There are 3 topics for discussion:

1 - The "Boise County Adventures" promotion that will support the businesses that cater to the tourist industry in Boise County, presently the largest employer. If they testify positively at permitting hearings, CuMo's committment to them should be demonstrated.
2 - The cell tower project on which JC/RC has been working. The hope is to bring Verizon or Century One cell service to Boise County and the way to justify that is the potential CuMo mine. JC/RC wants CuMo to put some pressure on Verizon in particular because if the mine should open, cell service will be a requirement. It will take three years to get that service up and running and that is about the right schedule for the exploration project completion at the earliest, so they have time.
3 - Last, if the mine does open, the Council has at least three years to get the skill sets of local residents up to the requirements for the mine. They plan to work with the State of Idaho to provide adult education to accomplish that and will need CuMo support for that program. It will help all the citizens of Boise County, whether the mine opens or not. They will base the education program on the Thompson Creek Mine experience, so will make NO assumptions regarding the potential CuMo mine. They will need support, however.
It is important that all the JC/RCs be represented at the meeting, which is at the Centerville location because it is centrally located. John Cottingham would like to know how many you think will attend, which would be helpful. The room is not very large and they need to plan accordingly. JC/RC members will put out meeting notes after the meeting for those who cannot attend, but they are never as good as being there in person. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
John B. Cottingham
28 Southfork Lane
PO Box 802
Garden Valley, ID 83622
ID Phone: 208-462-3178
AZ Phone: 623-975-4213
Cell: 208-908-3818 (Verizon)

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