He said last week that losing much of the land at Clearfield for the Stadler plant would be like losing old-growth forest. "It's not replaceable."
But Mayor Shepherd told the board that after years of ambitious proposals that came to nothing, Stadler is the only feasible project on the horizon — and his city views it as crucial to boost its economy and revitalize rundown areas nearby.
Stadler needs to have a plant in place by next year to fill orders, Shepherd said, and had sought at least conditional approval of plans on Wednesday to get started.
Now, the board said it plans to take time to vet Killpack's involvement, have a public meeting on the proposal in Clearfield on May 10 — and revisit the transaction at its next full board meeting on May 24.