Lake partnership approved
The Clarks Hill Partnership was officially approved by the McDuffie County Commission Wednesday morning. Commissioners were given a copy of the partnership agreement formulated during the August meeting in Lincoln County.
The partnership's aim is to promote tourism and economic development in McDuffie, Warren, Wilkes, Lincoln and Columbia Counties by focusing on opportunities at the lake as well as expanding the runway at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport.
Commissioners approved the outline of how the intergovernmental partnership will conduct business and the setup of a partnership board of directors.
Right of way purchase begins
The Georgia Department of Transportation recently started the process of purchasing property to expand the Thomson East Bypass. A 0.459 acre plot was purchased from McDuffie County, in front of the Law Enforcement Center for $22,800.
The sign in front of the LEC will have to be moved back toward the building to make way for the road construction. The DOT will assist the county with that project.
Gym bid OKd
A bid for construction on the gym at Sweetwater Park was approved at Wednesday's County Commission meeting. Kirby Fahrion and Associates of Grovetown had the low bid for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funded project at $1,919,000.
Once started, construction on the 23,000 square foot building should take around nine months to complete, according to Recreation Department Director Bob Howard.
The gym will include the equipment and space necessary for basketball, volleyball, badminton, gymnastics and a community center. Once completed, the offices of the recreation department will be housed in the facility.
Architect to design Station One
The Public Safety Committee met on Aug. 25 to hear presentations from architectural firms about designing a new Fire Station One that will be moved because of future construction of the Thomson East Bypass.
The committee and the Board of Commissioners approved J. Glenn Gregory and Associates, the same company that designed Station Two and the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport terminal. The company will design the station for 7 percent of the cost of construction.
Officials have yet to decide where the station will be built despite the donation of 6.1 acres of land near the current station location by long-time volunteer firefighter Paul Watson in April of 2003.
State Route 17 widening meeting
A public information open house to discuss plans for the construction of State Route 17 in McDuffie and Wilkes Counties is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4-7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Aonia.