PASCO, Wash.-- Port of Pasco held a special meeting Friday to discuss buying land for expanding the Tri-Cities Airport runway and what steps to take with Green Power, a company that hasn't been paying it's bills.
The commissioners decided Friday to take action on two matters of money for the Port.
The Port of Pasco evicted the bio-fuel conversion company Green Power on December 26th for failing to pay over $200,000 in rent money.
The owner wanted to make an offer to pay ten months of rent in advance and reinstate the lease, but commissioners did not consider the offer because the owner didn't have the money Friday.
The commission also discussed purchasing land to extend the runway at the Tri-Cities Airport.
They formally accepted an offer to buy 50 acres of land next to the airport for $1.6 million.
"If we want to extend that runway, the only option was for the Port to own that land, zone it as something other than residential and absolutely ensure that it does not get developed," said James Toomey, Port of Pasco Executive Director.
The port wanted to buy the land for extending the runway for larger planes sometime in the future and buy before the area was developed for homes.
The $1.6 million check will be signed and the deal closed on Monday.