Word has it that tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock the loan committee of Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) will meet prior to the regular monthly CEDC meeting, which begins at 8:30. It is expected that a topic of discussion at the regular meeting will be whether or not to respond to the letter that Pat Grattan, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, sent to CEDC last October, asking the agency to repay the $110,000 the County paid for the 33 acres of land that CEDC is now selling to Ginsberg's Foods for $1. It has been reported that Supervisor Mike Benson (New Lebanon) has convinced the group that the letter is meaningless because Grattan wrote it without the formal consent of the full Board of Supervisors. Benson claims that at least twelve other supervisors (there are twenty-three in all) agree with him.
CEDC meetings take place at 4303 Route 9, in the office building that used to belong to Holcim and now is owned by Colarusso.
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