To the Editor:

When I read the “City sues railroad partner,” in the latest Ely Times, I almost laughed out loud to myself. Buried deep in the story an anonymous “source” close to S&S and the railroad, said the shoreline leasing company was forced to turn down a rail car storage agreement on Ely’s tracks that would have been worth more than a million dollars, and, of course, it’s being blamed on the city.

I looked back at the memo to the Railroad Management Board from Mark Bassett dated August 16, 2009. In that memo I quote;

“Currently S&S is in negotiations with a large customer. The contract could be for 1,000 cars stored on our railroad for up to five years. This contract could bring in $912,500 a year. At the end of the lease, the contract would generate $4,562,500. Our share would be close to $1,000,000 coming to Ely and the foundation to share. And this would be from just one customer! Steve figures on 70 cars per mile, so 1,000 cars would take up about 15 miles of track. This leaves us with another 30 miles of track to fill up. IF we filled up that track you’re talking $12,000,000. But none of this will happen if there is no interchange agreement with the Union Pacific.”

It’s entertaining that the $1,000,000 figure shows up in both of these cases. Does it mean anything? I’m going to say positively “no”. The fact is, we have been in a rail car storage agreement for 5 years and have nothing to show for it except several hundred thousand dollars of debt owed to S&S.

I don’t believe the present city council is responsible for that debt. The contract was signed by the late Mayor Hickman (was that legal?) and a couple of members of the Railroad Management Board.

I personally would like to see the current city council get us out of that car storage contract, or, better yet, find out where all those thousands of dollars are that were promised to the city. Of course that would mean asking S&S for four years of accounting that we are entitled to but never received.

Randy Lee


To the Editor:

To the person, or persons, who stole the 2 trees from the Kinnear Library Park in McGill.

The McGill Town Council would like to say, “Shame, Shame on you.” The 2 trees that you dug up and stole from the park had been planted at that location in memory of 2 McGill residents who recently passed away.

Not only did you steal trees that were planted in memory of someone who passed away, but you also stole from the Town of McGill, which means you stole from the residents who live in this community. Whoever you are, you should be ashamed of yourselves for committing such a despicable act.

Thanks to a $500.00 donation, McGill Town Council is offering a reward in the amount of $500.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) who stole those trees. If anyone has any information regarding this disgusting theft, please call either the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office at 289-8808 or any member of the McGill Neighborhood Watch program.

McGill Town Council

Bob Winder, Chairman; Roxane Ballandby, Vice Chairman

Mike Borovansky, Member; Ed Dubrutz, Member; Andy McVicars, Member