Gordon County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alvin Long announced during the March 2 meeting of the board that the project could be put on hold indefinitely because the current proposed location is in a floodplain.
“You would think the state would know the Army Corp of Engineers exists,” said Long. The state did not check with the Army Corp of Engineers about project feasibility before making plans for a visitor’s center, a parking lot and walking trails, he said.
Long said the project could take an additional six months and new plans for the facility would cost more than the $3.2 million the state had offered to turn over to the county for the project.
Long said state representative John Meadows (R-Calhoun) is taking acquisitive measure to find out whether or not the funds awarded by the state to the county for the Resaca Battlefield project could be used in other endeavors.
“What we are asking the state to do is spend that money on local projects,” Long said.
While he could not point to any projects specifically, Long emphasized that the county is not guaranteed these state funds. If the state gives the county the OK to use the funds, he said, the money would have to be used on state-owned property such as an intersection.
“We are certainly going to fight for it,” he said.
Also during the March 2 meeting the board discussed the progress of the courthouse renovation project.
According to County Administrator Randy Dowling the roof project is near completion with the last piece of the project being the lightning protection system.
“Don’t forget, the contractor could only work when court was not in session and when the weather was good. So, they couldn’t work a lot,” Dowling said.
Dowling said he hopes the $500,000 remaining SPLOST funds will be used to complete the courthouse’s front plaza and replace the current windows with energy efficient ones.
“That should exhaust the remaining SPLOST funds allocated to the courthouse renovations,” Dowling said.
Much of the courthouse’s plumbing will also need to be replaced, he said.