Commission To Hear Aquatic Center Update

The $15 million project is on schedule and is slated to open in May 2013.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will hear an update on its $18 million aquatic center on Tuesday.

Bill Echols, the county's director of capital projects, will give an update on the project during the commission's work session at 3 p.m.

Cherokee County last year awarded a $15.7 million contract to New South Construction to build the facility, which will be located off Sixes Road near Holly Springs. The project is currently $467,000 under budget.

During its meeting at 6 p.m, the commission will consider setting a public hearing date of Oct. 16 to take public comments on its proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. 

County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens will lead the discussion on changing the make up of the county's Resource Recovery Development Authority, the board that issued up to $18 million in bonds to support the relocation of Ball Ground Recycling to land off Highway 5 near Ball Ground. 

County Attorney Angela Davis will discuss the board an appointment to launch a forensic audit in the $18 million deal and Ball Ground Recycling's finances. She will also discuss with the board possibly drafting a letter to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, possibly inviting the GBI to investigate the ill-fated deal. 

See the attached document to see what else is on Tuesday's agenda. 

Dean Sheridan October 02, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Taxpayers will now be "swimming" in annual debt services. The maintenance - up keep is enough to choke a horse. What were they thinking with a BOC budget that is all wet to begin with? Whose brainchild was this lack of fiscal responsibility?
George Rollins December 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Amenities like this are great for our community. We need to attract as many residents as possible. This will help increase home values and improve the quality of life for Cherkoee County residents. More residents will mean more local businesses, which will also bring in more tax revenue. Sometimes you have to do things with the greater good in mind. Making our community as desirable as possible is definitely the right thing to do.


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