Year In Review- Part 1- Day 3

December 27, 2013

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners couldn’t win for losing when it came when dealing with the public’s feedback relating to economic development.

At work session in September, Greg Gunter pointed out that Elbert County is at a serious disadvantage without having a spec building to offer potential manufacturers.

“Why are they going to pick us? Do we have better schools than other counties? Do we have better medical facilities? Do we have better roads? In all of those, if we’re being objective and honest we can’t say we’re better than them. I too was deeply concerned with your decision not to go forward and build a spec building, I know there is a chance to build a building and somebody don’t occupy it but our fate is very certain if we don’t do something, said Gunter.”

At the same work session, local attorney John Clark said that sometimes tough decisions have to be made that some people may not like.

“Now you know that we need growth and we need the spec building, and we should not play politics, and I see that what’s happening. You make those decisions, you lose your seats but you made the right decision. Believe me at the end o the day, people will realize that. They may crush you out, they may say mean things against you. But I’m asking this board to go back and reconsider this decision, said Clark.”

One possible option that was talked about was for the commission to go back and reconsider a millage rate increase, but still to this point that topic has not been revisited by the commissioners, and probably won’t be addressed again until the 2014 tax digest is released.

Keeping in sync with the local economy, the city of Bowman welcomed a new business to the city.

David and Marie McGarity came before the Bowman City Council at the end of September requesting permission to come to terms on a lease agreement for the city’s old feed mill building.

The McGaritys plan on opening up a variety store in that building, but the structure needed a serious overall, which the couple said they would handle, as long as they could get a discounted rental rate.

Bowman Mayor Pamela Johnson outlined the work that the couple would be handling.

“They will make the improvements that we have talked about in regards to paint, painting the inside and out. Installing lights, installing a restroom, and we’ll have a list of items that you’ll be responsible for, and we’ll be responsible for, said Johnson.”

A motion was later approved by the council unanimously for a rental agreement for three years at a rate of one hundred and fifty dollars a month, with a two year option at the same rate.

September also featured a local sports legend properly recognized, by being accepted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Elberton native Chester Webb was among eight athletes selected into the hall of fame.

Webb played basketball at Elbert County High School, where he was selected to the All-State Team.

He received a full scholarship to play at Georgia Southern University, which at that time was called Georgia Teachers College.

He was the first native Georgian to be named a collegiate basketball All-American, and 57 years after his senior season, Webb still holds 18 records at Georgia Southern.

Webb was chosen from a starting pool of 198 nominees.

He will be officially inducted at the 2014 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Macon City Auditorium in Downtown Macon, GA on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.