A section of land looking north east at 7200 west and I-80 that is part of the proposed Utah Inland Port in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 16, 2018.

FILE – A section of land looking north east at 7200 west and I-80 that is part of the proposed Utah Inland Port in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 16, 2018. | James Wooldridge, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Organizers of a Wednesday “working group” meeting of the Utah Inland Port effort made an 11th hour venue change in an effort to thwart protesters who have targeted previous meetings.

Utah Association of Counties regional economic development director Stuart Clason told the Deseret News before Wednesday’s working group meeting that he decided on Tuesday to move the meeting from Utah Association of Counties’ offices in Murray after catching wind over social media that protesters might attend — saying his employees and other stakeholders “don’t feel safe” after last month’s protest at the Salt Lake Chamber building in downtown Salt Lake City.

Clason said he changed it because he didn’t “feel like having people urinate on the walls” of his office building.

”I didn’t feel comfortable having anything to do with individuals that caused large amounts of damage on private property,” he said.

“Our staff feels unsafe,” Clason said. “They’re acting like terrorists … If individuals want to sit down and have a conversation, I’m more than amenable, I’m more than happy to offer our space … (But) it’s a matter of safety.”

Clason is a former Utah Inland Port Authority board member appointed by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (when he worked for McAdams as a regional economic development director.) He moved the meeting to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Pioneer Precinct office at 1040 W. 700 South. The meeting is scheduled from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

While public organizations like the Inland Port Authority board are subject to noticing requirements and other rules under the state’s …read more

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