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EDA talks site prep

Published 11:52am Tuesday, March 12, 2013

McClellan asks county commission to prepare more industrial park land

Potential new industries might have another readily available option in Tallapoosa County, contingent upon the Tallapoosa County Commission’s response to a request from the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance.

EDA Executive Director Don McClellan came before the commission in its regular meeting Monday with a request for site preparation on 25 acres in the William T. Thweatt Industrial Park.

“I think it’s to the advantage of the industrial park, the city of Dadeville and Tallapoosa County to have a place ready to put somebody,” McClellan said.

Commissioner Steve Robinson asked McClellan how many are currently interested in putting down roots in Tallapoosa County. McClellan said about 15 prospective industries are on the books – “probably five very active prospects,” – but that attracting industry really works the other way around.

“If you have a site ready, it will get you more looks,” McClellan said. “It really makes a difference when a company comes to look if you have a site cleared.”

The issue was under discussion at Monday’s meeting, and McClellan said he hopes the county will make a decision prior to summer so work

can be done when there is less chance of rain.

“It’s the next lot past where the new Sejin building has come in,” McClellan said. “We’ve got a new road in to their building, and we can go by that road and on the left there enough there that it would be easier to get the utilities and all that to (if the site was prepared).”

Commissioner T.C. Coley requested more information in considering the request.

“I would ask the administrator to talk with the economic development director and the engineer about looking at financing options or what we may have available in terms of revenue options that would allow us to do work on the site,” Coley said.

Also up for discussion at the meeting was the county redistricting plan, which was approved by the commission in a 3–2 vote in May of 2012.

“We got a letter from the Department of Justice approving the plan that was submitted, so it is final,” said county attorney Thomas Radney.

The only thing left to do is implement the new plan by the spring of 2014 election and, if necessary, adjust polling places.

The commission also:

- approved a contract with The Atlantic Group and related budget amendment

- approved the appointment of Jane Milton to the Tallapoosa County Department of Human Resources Board

- approved a resolution to replace Town Creek Bridge

- approved a resolution to resurface Macedonia Road