County moves on condemnation
The McDuffie County Commission passed two separate resolutions during its May 4 meeting taking steps toward condemning the old Thomson Company property. The resolutions are the initial steps toward the economic development part of the redevelopment effort in both Thomson and the county.
The first declared that the property was "slum and blight." The second states that because the area is run down, the county will exercise eminent domain and acquire the property.
A division of H.P. Pelzer plans to get underway in June in the newest of the Thomson Company buildings which sparked local government interest in cleaning up the area to attract other industry in the future.
SPLOST plan approved
There is now a definite outline for spending the penny tax in McDuffie County. Commissioners voted to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax IV resolution that sets up where and when money will be spent during the next five years at their May 4 meeting.
Athens-based engineering firm Chasman and Associates was hired to study how past SPLOSTs had been spent in the county and make recommendations on a comprehensive plan that would put to best use this round of sales tax.
The resolution details how $15.75 million will be spent on the hospital, economic development, water and sewer, recreation, public safety, roads and the proposed government complex. Commissioners stated that the document can be adjusted as additional funds become available.