BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
1:30 P.M., APRIL 4, 2003
- CALL TO ORDER
Chairman J. R. Dowdy, Jr. called the meeting to order. Commissioners James D. Harris, Joyce C. Pheil, Ferrell Henry, County Administrator John S. Pate, Jr., County Attorney Guy D. Pfeiffer and secretary Linda Finch in attendance. Mr. Henry gave the invocation.
- REQUEST FROM IDC
Bruce Drennan and Cliff Harpe met with Commissioners to discuss three specific projects the IDC is working on. Mr. Drennan advised that the bids will be going out some time this month for the GA 300 Park, they expect the construction price to be somewhere between $900,000 and $1,000,000.00, they have approximately $145,000.00 of the 1 million dollars that was allocated from SPLOST funds for economic development, and they have three specific projects to use this money if the county could make it available for them. The projects are; 1) acquisition of real estate, 2) rail spur project going in for U.S. Timber , and 3) interest on the proposed spec building. Mr. Drennan advised that they would talk about the first project later, and stated that the Power Commission has agreed to advance the $118,000.00 to the county to purchase the switch for the rail spur as they have to purchase this up front, they hope that a portion of the EIP Grant of $500,00.00 will pay for this rail switch. He advised that if for some reason they did not get the grant, the community has already committed to paying $150,000.00 of the rail spur and U. S. Timber has committed $100,000.00 toward this. Regarding the interest on the spec building, he advised that the IDA is looking at building a 100,000 square foot spec building, the banks have agreed to loan the IDA the money to build the building, and said they would defer the principle for five years, they are already in the process of filling out a Rural Business Opportunity Grant funding from USDA for the spec building. Mr. Harpe stated that the City of Cordele is working on getting the utilities out to this spec building. Mr. Drennan stated that he doesn’t anticipate them needing all of the $145,000.00 but they will need a portion for real estate acquisition.
- GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION
Motion by Mr. Henry, seconded by Mrs. Pheil and motion carried, agreeing to go into Executives Session to discuss real estate.
- COME OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Motion by Mrs. Pheil, seconded by Mr. Henry and motion carried, agreeing to come out of Executive Session.
- NEGOTIATE WITH PROPERTY OWNER
By common consent, Commissioners gave Mr. Drennan and the IDC authority to make offers on real estate acquisition and allowing them to have access for up to $50,000.00 to allow Mr. Harpe and Mr. Drennan to negotiate with the property owner to purchase the proposed piece of property.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.