Those amendments also include changes designed to clarify the original legislation penned by the SEDC to attract a chip manufacturer to the area. The so-called Abbie Gregg Inc. Report prepared by SEDC was done so for a generic manufacturer and not for a specific company, said Matthew Jones, principal with Jones Ferradino Law Firm in Saratoga Springs, which is serving as consulting attorneys to AMD.
"AMD is different than that theoretical concept you examined in 2002," Jones told the Malta Town Council. "In this particular case, you initiated a change in zoning before you had an applicant on board."
Jones provided council members with an Industry Requirements Report, prepared by AMD, designed to provide a clear description of AMD's design and anticipated operations. He said the amendments are simply an effort to have the legislation comply with the manner in which AMD operates and conducts their business.
Former Town Councilman Cliff Lange said the town is jumping through a lot of hoops for a company that refuses to make a commitment to coming to LFTC. He said they should be doing things for the town in return.
"We should have some sort of commitment from AMD for what they'll do for the community," he said. "I want to talk about it now. This is the time for negotiation " not after the fact, before the fact. This company is going to have to have a responsibility to this town. It's important."
Ward Tisdale, AMD's director of global community affairs, said the company strives to work with municipalities to be a partner in the community. Citing numerous outreach programs in other areas where AMD has plants, Tisdale said the focus of some upcoming meetings would be "community requirements," or figuring out what AMD needs to bring to the table in order to be a good neighbor.