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Hearing held in Malta on AMD impact draft

"This isn't the time for everyone who supports this project to come in and ask us to go forward with it," said Klotz, who also is a member of the Luther Forest Technology Campus Community Response Board. "This isn't the time to say, 'Yes, we want this project,' or 'No, we don't want this project,' this is about the completion of the SDEIS."

A few residents spoke of concerns they had with the town's agreement to assume responsibility for the construction and maintenance of 5.5 miles of interior roads for the chip fab plants.

"We shouldn't be doing all of this work. AMD should be doing the work." said former Councilman Cliff Lange.

Lange also urged the Town Board to take the reins in the entire process, saying that the board is too willing to allow AMD officials to dictate their schedule and needs to the town, instead of the other way around.

"AMD isn't the big company here " you are," Lange said, gesturing toward the Town Board. "You are the bosses. You were elected to be there by the people of Malta. I ask you to fulfill that obligation."

AMD officials plan to build three chip fab plants and bring 1,405 jobs to the area. Although the computer chip manufacturer has yet to commit to the site officially, it is currently going through the Malta Town and Planning boards to secure a building permit by the end of the year. The company has until July 31, 2009, to decide and still be eligible for $1.2 billion in state incentives.

The public comment period is open until April 1, according to Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville, and comments may be submitted to him by e-mail, in writing or by calling the town offices.

In other AMD news, much-needed grant money for the $67 million water system that would feed AMD's three chip fab plants may be in jeopardy.

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