NYSSA — Rather than seeking a person to run its office, Nyssa Chamber of Commerce officials have asked Nyssa City officials to support getting a “business development-type person” to promote economic development in the town.

Chamber of Commerce President Tawni Maxwell, appearing with other members of the organization, before the Nyssa City Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, said the chamber wants to work with the city to bring new business to town and to keep existing businesses.

The issue is figuring out a way to support the new businesses getting started, and promoting the town as a place to be.

In reply, Nyssa City Manager Jim Maret said the city wants to support business as much as it can but there processes or issues that business owners have to go through as they are started, such as zoning, and processes can take time.

“We hope we can speed the process up,” Maxwell said. “We want to be a resource. We want to support the city. We want things to move.”

“We need to start talking,” she concluded.

Both Maxwell and Maret said they are already having conservations and were planning to keep the discussion going.

The chamber office has been closed for about two years because of the chamber’s financial situation and discussions continue about the situation.

Also appearing before the council Tuesday was Tiffany Cruickshank, with Snake River Produce. Since the company built new after the snow of 2017, it’s facility is closer to town, including its office, which is empty. Cruickshank said there has been discussion to use the former office facility. Some of the issues in making that happen, she said, is that while Snake River Produce owns the building, Union Pacific Railroad owns the property, and there have also been talks with the railroad.

However, the property is zoned industrial which does not allow day care, and Cruickshank said a zone change would be needed to allow a day care as a conditional use. No action was taken at the meeting.

Larry Meyer is a reporter for the Argus Observer.

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