By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
The Joint Development Authority (JDA) honored three former board members during its Aug. 27 meeting: Denny Dobbs, Mack Bohlen, and Charles Hill.
Alan Verner, Chairman of the JDA, presented Dobbs, Bohlen, and Hill with framed resolutions, thanking them for their years of service with the JDA.
“You three gentlemen have meant a lot to this board over the years,” said Verner. “You’ve left a big legacy in our communities.”
Bohlen issued a “challenge” to current board members to “keep the ball rolling.”
“We knew there would be obstacles to cross,” said Bohlen. “Keep your plows in the ground… every county will reap the rewards.”
Dobbs also spoke to the board after receiving his resolution.
“I want to thank the county commissioners,” said Dobbs. “These guys took major heat. It wasn’t just one mule pulling the plow.”
“I know you all get a lot of gratitude when you ride by,” said Verner to the three recipients.
After the resolutions were handed out, Verner discussed the event that was held at Stanton Springs for local government officials the week before the meeting.
“I was very pleased to see all the legislators were there,” said Verner.
JDA Board Member and Morgan County Board of Commissioners Chair Ellen Warren expressed the astonishment she felt when she was on the construction site during a recent JDA tour and saw how large the project has become.
“Unless you are there, you can’t comprehend the scale,” said Warren, who then compared the size of the development to the size of downtown Madison.
Paul Michael said that a six-inch gas line is being added to the development and that Georgia Power is also making progress.
“Pieces of the puzzle [are] coming together,” said Michael.
The JDA tabled the amendment to the 2002 GEFA loan that had been discussed during the last meeting. The amendment would have allowed Social Circle to back out of its role in the JDA.
Verner, who was supportive of Social Circle’s decision during discussions last month, stated that there are now “other factors that have come into play.”
Wayne Tamplin gave a financial report to the JDA, summarizing the authority’s account and debt balances saying that there has not been “a whole lot of activity” recently. Tamplin stated that the counties had not had to “put in a dime” so far in 2013 but stated that the first payments would be coming up soon.
The JDA thanked Tamplin for his service, making sure to thank Andrea Gray, attorney, as well for everything she does for the authority.