City, WestRock officials meet
Newberg city officials recently held a marathon discussion with the owners of the defunct WestRock paper mill, discussing the vision for the mill property as well as the future of the riverfront area.
Mayor Rick Rogers, City Manager Joe Hannan, Community Development Director Doug Rux and Public Works Director Jay Harris all met with WestRock officials to discuss the property. Rux said the meeting was mostly just to communicate the master plan for the riverfront area the city is working on, as it includes the property the mill sits on.
This comes just a few months after three of the state's highest elected officials called for renewed dialogue between the mill owners and stakeholders. In a letter to WestRock's CEO Steven Voorhees, Gov. Kate Brown and U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer, all Democrats, expressed continued concerns about the mill, which closed in 2016 after the Atlanta-based company acquired it from SP Fiber Tech. The company intended to sell the mill and inked an $8.25 million contract with an Idaho-based scrap company to do just that on the condition the paper making machinery inside was destroyed