Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale NuclearO&MReactors By chloecox – As of mid-morning April 16, the Wall Street Journal was reporting that three people were killed and more than 176 sent to the hospital, some with severe injuries, as a result of bombs set off shortly before 3 p.m. ET the day before near the finish line of the famous marathon. Seventeen people were in critical condition, WSJ reported. While NRC does not discuss individual plant security plans, the agency did put on a significant security exhibit during its annual March Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) in Rockville, Md. 4.16.2013 Previous articleAPS, AMEC announce completion of first phase of Arizona solar power projectNext articleCompanies to develop ocean thermal conversion project in China chloecox Facebook TAGSNextEra In addition to background checks for employees and vendors with access to nuclear plants, NRC-licensed plans have significant physical barriers and a security force equipped with bullet-resistant vests and a wide array of weaponry. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Both NRC and nuclear plant operators are routinely tight-lipped about security measures. NRC did require various additions to an already-significant security regime in the years following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of these changes are not publicly-available information, according to NRC. Two nuclear plants in New England heightened their âsecurity postureâ in the hours following the April 15 bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon, an NRC representative confirmed April 16. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Twitter Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine Twitter Entergy (NYSE:ETR) operates the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass. Pilgrim is located approximately 55 miles south of Boston. It is the only nuclear plant operating within Massachusetts. NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) runs the Seabrook plant in Seabrook, N.H. Seabrook is roughly 45 miles north of Boston. âThe NRC did not order a change in security posture because of the Boston Marathon bombing; however, the Seabrook and Pilgrim plants heightened their security posture on their own volition,â Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson David McIntyre said in an email. âAs of this morning, Pilgrim remains on heightened alert, but Seabrook has reverted to its normal security posture,â he added. Ex-New York power market CEO named interim ERCOT CEO Linkedin âAll I can say is that Pilgrim Station is secure,â a plant spokesperson said early April 16. She said that plant management is very much aware of the Boston bombings. The spokesperson also noted that Entergy had taken Pilgrim offline April 14 for a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. UPDATE: Nuclear plants heighten security after Boston bombing Facebook By Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst, GenerationHub No posts to display âWe are and have been in contact with state and federal authorities to assure the highest level of security at Seabrook station,â a NextEra spokesperson said April 16. âWe are safe and secure.â
Chief executive officer of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, Chris Welton, has resigned his post after 18 months on the job. On January 12th, USEF issued a press release announcing Welton’s immediate departure, and named Bill J. Moroney as his interim successor.A founding member of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, and president since 2003, Moroney announced in a letter to the membership that he will take a leave of absence, with his duties being assumed by officers of the USHJA Board of Directors.Moroney has a wealth of experience including serving as a director of the USEF and member of its Executive Committee, vice president of the National Affiliates Working Group, chair of the Audit Committee, chair of the Planning Committee, co-chair of the Mileage Rule Revision Task Force, chair of the Horse Welfare Initiative Task Force, and co-chair of the Pony Committee. He was also a member of the National Breeds and Disciplines Council, Show Jumping High Performance Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Hearing Committee, Licensed Officials Committee, Continuing Education Committee and Steward/TD Committee.Criteria for the selection of the next permanent USEF CEO was surely at the top of the list for USEF president Chrystine Tauber, and the rest of the Board, at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place January 13-16 in Lexington, Kentucky. Stay tuned for updates. Tags: USEF, U.S. Equestrian Federation, Chris Welton, Bill J. Moroney, Bill Moroney, Chrystine Tauber, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
AAC Counselor/Learning DisabilitiesSpecialistA Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty PositionPosition # ACA20-351Review Date: April 27, 2021 We value the ability to serve students from a broad range ofcultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities,and orientations. The successful candidate must be an equity-mindedindividual committed to collaborating with faculty, classifiedstaff, administration, students and community partners who shareour commitment to closing equity gaps. The Santa Clarita CommunityCollege District seeks leaders possessing a strong grounding inacademic and student services programs and a thorough understandingof the primary mission of the community college. We seek employeesthat value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborativeenvironment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformationalleaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achievetheir educational goals. College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is seeking a faculty leader in theAcademic Accommodation Center (AAC), formerly known as DisabledStudents Programs & Services. TheAAC Counselor/Learning DisabilitiesSpecialist position is a 11-MONTH professional,full-time tenure track position. The position may include acombination of teaching, department, college, and communityleadership functions. Assignment may include day, evening,and weekend duties at all District sites. life skills, andoversight and development of student success teams. The Dean willcontinue to implement the Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways)framework. The Dean is responsible for promoting best practicesthrough the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, andanti-racism in support of student success. Engages Collegestakeholders in formulating best pedagogical and andragogicalpractices that promote the principles of diversity, equity,inclusion, and antiracism in support of student access, success,and engagement. Within the scope of this position new componentsmay be adjusted based on district or community needs. College of the Canyons is part of the Santa Clarita CommunityCollege District and is designated as a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI), enrolling approximately 32,000 students eachacademic year. College of the Canyons has a diverse studentpopulation that reflects our focus on enhancing the educationalattainment and economic well-being of the community we proudlyserve. “BIG PICTURE” RESPONSIBILITY: Full job description and OFFICIAL application availableONLY at: http://126.96.36.199/counter.php?id=196089 The Santa Clarita Community District is committed to achievingeducational equity for all students. As presented in our DistrictStrategic Plan, which focuses on Access, Engagement, and Success,“Equity, inclusion, and diversity are not goals in themselves, butideologies embedded in all actions and planning across alldepartments and functions of our college and its two campuses. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling;OR Master’s degree in Counseling, Guidance Counseling,Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Education Counseling, SocialWork, Career Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage,Family and Child Counseling,OR Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or inMarriage, Family and Child Counseling and possession of a licenseas a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); AND either fifteen ormore semester units in upper division or graduate level course workspecifically related to people with disabilities,OR Completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of agraduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field workcourses, in a post-secondary Disabled Students Programs andServices (DSPS) Program or in a program dealing predominantly orexclusively with people with disabilities,OR Two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent inone or more of the following:(A) Counseling for studentswith disabilities; or(B) Counseling in industry,government, public agencies, military or private social welfareorganizations in which the responsibilities of the position werepredominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities, or theequivalent.AND2. Fifteen semester units of upper division or graduate study inthe area of learning disabilities, to include, but not limited toadult cognitive and achievement assessment or the equivalent.3. Completion of the California Community College LearningDisability Eligibility Model (LDESM) training prior to the startdate.If you require assistance, please call the Human Resourcesoffice at (661)362-3427 or email: [email protected] Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications onlineat: https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/
Florida International University is Miami’s public researchuniversity, focused on student success. According to U.S. News andWorld Report, FIU has 42 top-50 rankings in the nation among publicuniversities. FIU is a top U.S. research university (R1), with morethan $200 million in annual expenditures. FIU ranks 15th in thenation among public universities for patent production, whichdrives innovation, and is one of the institutions that helps makeFlorida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign isfurthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Aheadopportunities. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers,and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its threemuseums: Patricia & Phillip Frost ArtMuseum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, andthe JewishMuseum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member ofConference USA, with more than 400student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university hasawarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Floridaand beyond. For more information about FIU,visit www.fiu.edu. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID523425 at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu/including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three statementslimited to three-pages each (research interests, teaching interestsand philosophy, and advancing diversity/equity/inclusion); and alist of at least three references in a single PDF file. Review of applications will start July 1st, 2021 and continue untilposition is filled. Inquiries about the positions should bedirected to the Chair of the search committee, Prof. JessicaRamella-Roman ([email protected]; 305-348-3015). The department is committed to an inclusive collaborativeenvironment that reflect the diversity of the student body. Furthermore, FIU stride to ensure a safe and welcoming environmentfor all. BME faculty is funded by federal, non-profit, foundation,Several are engaged in translational research industry andphilanthropic grants. The department offers the BS (ABETaccredited), MS, BS/MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Ithas over 350 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. The departmentfaculty is actively engaged in joint curriculum development andresearch of interest to the Honors College, the Herbert WertheimCollege of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences andthe College of Arts and Sciences. Miami is home to severalmajor medical institutions as well as the Veterans Affairs HealthCare System. For more information about the Department please visitour web site at http://www.bme.fiu.edu/. FIU is a member of the State University System ofFlorida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative ActionEmployer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any othercharacteristic protected by law. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in BiomedicalEngineering or a related science or engineering field. Candidates must have a commitment to teaching excellence at boththe graduate and the undergraduate levels and be qualified todevelop and teach courses in neural engineering. The new facultywill be expected to develop and sustain an inclusive high-qualitycollaborative research program. Postdoctoral researchexperience in academic research or in the medical deviceindustry/regulatory affairs is preferred at the Assistant Professorlevel. Faculty for consideration of a tenured appointment must havean established record of scholarly accomplishment and internationalrecognition as well as demonstrable engagement with the medicaldevice industry, and clinical partners, Translational success willbe considered an asset. Rank and salary will be commensurate withexperience. The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Endowed Department ofBiomedical Engineering (BME) at FIU invites applications for atenure-track / tenured faculty position at the Assistant, Associateor Full Professor level to begin as early as September 2021. We areseeking highly qualified individuals with expertise and researchexperience in Neural Engineering/ Neurorehabilitation thatcomplements or enhances the existing strengths of thedepartment.
Move forms part of draft transport strategy, with ZEZ for central London also proposedA Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) will be introduced in the City of London ‘within the next Mayoral term’ to ensure 90% of vehicles entering the Square Mile are zero emission by 2030.The measure forms part of the City Corporation’s draft transport strategy, which sets a target of reducing motor traffic by 25% by 2030, and by 50% by 2044, published on Friday (23 May) following a public consultation.According to the strategy, the zone will work through a combination of access restrictions and charging for non-zero emission capable vehicles.It will also become the first area in the UK to enforce a 15mph speed limit for motorists, subject to government approval, which will come into force by the end of 2022.Officials believe the new speed limit will cut the number of vehicles on its streets, which will improve local air quality while minimising the risk of injury for pedestrians.The strategy also proposes a ZEZ to cover the whole of central London, following smaller and more local ZEZs covering the City Cluster and Barbican and Golden Lane.Alastair Moss, Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, says: “We are working tirelessly to support the 513,000 workers that commute to the Square Mile every day, and to deliver the forward-thinking City that Londoners want to see.“These radical plans will ensure the continued success of not just the City, but wider London and the UK as a leading global business and cultural destination.”
Is this a healthy and expected consequence of Congressional politics? What might this say about how partisan politics has evolved? Is there a historical precedent that we might compare this to?Acting as a Proxy (Theda Skocpol)No, it is not healthy. But the problem is not just Olympia Snowe — it is a set of Senate rules, formal and informal, that privilege a few votes from senators in small states…Theda Skocpol is a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of “Boomerang: Health Reform and the Turn Against Government,” a book about the failed 1993-94 Clinton effort at comprehensive health reform.Read full story (The New York Times)
Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson knows plenty about training, about pace and about racing. He is a seven-time champion and 83-race winner at the sport’s highest level, after all.But Johnson applied those same principles that helped him develop into one of NASCAR’s all-time greats to a different kind of course — the 26.2-mile 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday morning, only 36 hours after competing in NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series night race at Richmond Raceway.Johnson woke up this morning preparing his gear, stretching and doing some laps to get himself ready. Considered one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, Johnson had been training for his first Boston Marathon for months. An avid fitness buff, he already ran a half-marathon at Daytona Beach, Florida, earlier this season during Speedweeks. 10:46:24 a.m. ET – Johnson hit the 5K mark with a time of 00:21:22 with a pace of 06:52 minutes per mile.11:07:50 a.m. ET – Johnson hit the 10K mark with a total time of 00:42:48 and a pace of 06:55 minutes per mile. He is currently running at 8.70 mph.11:29:36 a.m. ET – With a time of 04:04:34, Johnson made it to the 15K spot, running 07:01 minutes per mile.11:51:51 a.m. ET – Twenty-two minutes and 16 seconds later, Johnson hit the 20K mark. His total time is 01:26:49.11:56:40 a.m. ET – Halfway! Johnson is at the half marathon split of the Boston Marathon after an hour and 31 minutes and 38 seconds. 12:14:01 p.m. ET – At 01:48:59, Johnson has passed the 25K split, pacing himself at 07:10 minutes per mile.12:37:25 p.m. ET – Johnson hit the 30K mark with a total time of 02:12:24.12:47:45 p.m. ET – 20 miles down!01:01:02 p.m. ET – At a 07:10 minutes per mile pace, Johnson hits the 35K split.01:26:44 p.m. ET – Almost there! Johnson passes the 25.2-mile mark, with a time of 03:01:42.He did it! Johnson finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 03:09:07, unofficially, at 01:34:07 p.m. ET. “It’s not like I’ve not run before, but to increase the volume and the daily miles required — it’s crazy what you put your body through,” Johnson told the Associated Press. “I’m enjoying this taper right now. But honestly, I’ve loved the experience and enjoyed all the pain and suffering that comes with it.”In case you missed it, here are Johnson’s marathon numbers:10:25:00 a.m. ET – Johnson started the Boston Marathon but first, he had to take care of some racing business. He finished in 4,155th place overall and 3,746th among males. In his division (Male 40-44), Johnson finished 641st.Johnson began the race at 10:25 a.m. ET and hit the 5K mark 21 minutes, 22 seconds later.Pacing himself for the long race ahead, at 1 hour, 31 minutes and 38 seconds, Johnson made it to the halfway point.The most famous part of the course is Heartbreak Hill, between the 20th and 21st mile. It’s an uphill portion near Boston College and is considered the most difficult stretch of the race.“I wish I had my car for Heartbreak Hill, it would have made that a lot easier,” Johnson told CBS Boston after finishing the race. “What an incredible experience. … The stories that people have told me that have been in this before don’t even come close to what it’s like in real life. The first half was so easy, and I heard so much about that. To see the pace you’re like, ‘Oh wow, I got this, no problem,’ and then the work starts. You realize you probably got on too fast. Just thankful that this worked out.”And now, he has another piece of hardware to add to his growing collection. Former Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi presented Johnson with his medal.“I wanted to race it, so I went out with a heart rate and time in mind. I came up a little short, but still to do that well, still to be that low in the threes (three hours), I’m really happy with it,” Johnson said. “It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much about myself. I just can’t believe how this city supports all the runners on course.” Fittingly wearing bib No. 4848, Johnson completed the marathon with an unofficial time of 3 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds. That means he ran approximately 8.24 mph (with a pace of 7 minutes, 13 seconds per mile), and according to Johnson, it wasn’t easy.
“The international ports of Houston and Port Arthur are no one’s dumping ground,” Clark said. “Vessel operators coming to the United States must not foul American waterways. Those who knowingly discharge their waste and lie to the Coast Guard to dodge their legal responsibilities under federal law are on notice that our investigators and prosecutors stand ready to hold them accountable.”“We take the violation of our environmental protection laws seriously,” Brown said. “We expect shipping and oil companies to do the same. They can do terrible damage to our coastlines and wildlife, and we all have to make sure that does not happen.”“The Coast Guard Investigative Service will continue to vigorously investigate and hold accountable individuals and corporations who illegally discharge pollutants into the marine environment,” said Brian Jeanfreau, special agent-in-charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Gulf Region.According to documents filed in court, the Nicos I.V. was equipped with a segregated ballast system, a connected series of tanks used to control the trim and list of the vessel by taking on or discharging water, the latter involving an operation called deballasting. At some point prior to July 6, 2017, the ballast system of the Nicos I.V. became contaminated with oil and that oil was discharged twice from the vessel into the Port of Houston on July 6 and July 7, 2017, during deballasting operations. In an issued statement, the Justice Department said Avin International was the operator and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises was the owner of the Nicos I.V., which is a Greek-flagged vessel. The master of the Nicos I.V., Rafail-Thomas Tsoumakos, and the vessel’s chief officer, Alexios Thomopoulos, also pleaded guilty to making material false statements to members of the Coast Guard during the investigation into the discharges. Both companies pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding, as well as one count of failure to report discharge of oil under the Clean Water Act, and three counts of negligent discharge of oil under the Clean Water Act. Under the plea agreement, the companies will pay a $4 million criminal fine and serve a four-year term of probation, during which vessels operated by the companies will be required to implement an environmental compliance plan, including inspections by an independent auditor. Tsoumakos and Thomopoulos each pleaded guilty to one count of making a material false statement and face up to five years in prison when sentenced. A sentencing date has not been set. Special to The NewsWASHINGTON — Two Greek shipping companies, Avin International LTD, and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Beaumont to charges stemming from several discharges of oil into the waters of Texas ports by the oil tanker M/T Nicos I.V. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown for the Eastern District of Texas. Both Tsoumakos and Thomopoulos were informed of the discharges of oil in the Port of Houston. Tsoumakos failed to report the discharges as required under the Clean Water Act. Neither discharge was recorded in the vessel’s oil record book, as required under MARPOL and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.After leaving the Port of Houston, en route to Port Arthur, the deck crew was instructed to open the ballast tanks, and oil was observed in several of the tanks. After arriving in Port Arthur, additional oil began bubbling up next to the vessel, causing a report to the U.S. Coast Guard. During the ensuing investigation, both Tsoumakos and Thomopoulos lied to the Coast Guard, stating, among other things, that they had not been aware of the oil in the ballast system until after the discharge in Port Arthur, and that they believed that the oil in the ballast tanks had entered them when the vessel took on ballast water in Port Arthur.The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service investigated the case with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector MSU Port Arthur, which conducted the inspection of the ship. Trial Attorney Lauren Steele of the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Batte of the Eastern District of Texas prosecuted.
Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture 11.22.2020 Vermont Business Magazine This year, due to limited funds, the Working Lands Enterprise(link is external) Grants will solely support Supply Chain Impact grant projects. Grant descriptions must demonstrate how the project will positively impact multiple businesses or have supply chain impacts. Grant awards are $25,000-$50,000 and first round applications are due December 6th. Need an Example of a Supply Chain Grant Proposal? Project Description: A potato farm requests funds to purchase equipment and infrastructure which will significantly increase the amount of potatoes they can grow each season. Supply Chain Impact: The equipment will be leased at a low cost to six other farm enterprises who have two processors looking to procure their vegetables. The potato farm has also committed to sell product to a neighboring farm looking to diversify their new retail farm stand for curbside pick-up. Outcome: Upon completion, product will be distributed to multiple players along the supply chain (retailers, restaurants, and schools) in addition to the ten businesses referenced above. This ultimately contributes to greater financial viability within the sector. If you still need inspiration, take a look at last year’s projects(link is external). Click the link below to learn more and apply by December 6th. Click here to apply for a grant now! Vermont Everyone Eats provides nutritious meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance, as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers. Funded by the Vermont Legislature to address COVID impacts, Everyone Eats is a wonderful resource for our state whether you are looking to find a meal, are a restaurant or farm interested in helping, or seeking other resources to access food. Hand Washing Station Resources(link is external)Do you need a hand washing station at your farm, orchard, farmers market, or other agritourism business? Have you been putting it off due to lack of funds, time, or direction? Now’s the time! UVM Extension has funding to provide materials and technical support to help you make your hand washing station dreams come true. If you’re interested in funding support or just want some help building a hand washing station(link is external), click the link above. Contact Chris Callahan(link sends e-mail) for more information. High Tunnels After Dark 2020(link is external)The High Tunnel Conference will be online for three weekly evening sessions. Want to fine-tune your high tunnel crop production? This conference is for high tunnel vegetable growers and agricultural service providers of all experience levels. Pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available for those who attend live. Cost: $25 includes all sessions:Dec. 1: Keynote & KickoffDec. 8: Diseases & InsectsDec: 15: Soil, Pest & Crop Management Vermont Maple Conference Week(link is external)UVM Extension and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association (VMSMA) are hosting the virtual 2020 Vermont Maple Conference Week featuring sixteen online sessions led by maple industry experts and maple producers. Topics include maple business management, maple industry regulations, sugarbush health, marketing and media, and maple production and innovation. This virtual conference is free but participants must pre-register for each session. Event Dates: December 6 – 11 Anti-Racism Training(link is external)Led by the DC-based Service to Justice this anti-racism training is based on shared learning and is grounded in the principles of reparations, healing, imagination, and movement. Limited space available. Hosted by the Farm-Based Education Network, Vermont Farm to Plate Network, the Vermont Farm to School Network, and the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative,Event Dates: January 11 – 15Sign up by November 27
The lot south of the Infiniti dealership could become a new car dealership.Another new auto dealership may be coming to Merriam.The Merriam City Council Monday approved a funding agreement with Merriam Luxury Imports that will pay the city’s expenses to vet a request for Tax Increment Financing. Merriam Luxury Imports (MLI), managed by Richard Webb, owns a vacant drainage parcel just south of the Infiniti dealership that fronts I-35 on West Frontage Road.MLI has asked for $6 million in TIF funds that would be paid by diverting part of the increased property tax assessment from developing the property into a new car dealership.The low-lying parcel would need to be filled to make it available for development. The cost of the site work makes it necessary to ask for the TIF money, according to the request submitted to the city council.City staff said they did not know what type of dealership is planned for the property.The funding agreement does not commit the city to the TIF, but pays all of its cost to hire consultants to handle analysis of the request. Webb has advanced $50,000 to cover the city’s costs. The land is located in a previously designated TIF district called Merriam Pointe.