By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
The Dade County
Industrial Development Authority (IDA) at its brief November meeting on Friday
formally accepted a bid from David Lawson Construction for initial work on an
entry road for its new industrial park expansion.
estimate of $75,000 was the lowest bid of four the body had received for the
work. IDA employee Peter Cervelli explained that the figure did not include
paving, which would come later and cost more.
“It’s a slow
process,” he acknowledged.
closed on a $2.5 million bond issuance in conjunction with the Dade County
government, with $1.5 million going to Dade for emergency road repairs and the
remaining million to be spent by IDA for infrastructure on the industrial park
expansion, beginning with this road. The road will be approximately 1,650 feet
long and will run from behind Roof Curb Systems in the existing industrial park
to a center point in the new acreage, which consists of long-unused farmland.
“One of the
things we need to think about is how we’re going to allocate this million
dollars,” said IDA Chairman Nathan Wooten.
accounts, it won’t stretch that far. Cervelli reported on negotiations with
Trenton Telephone and Georgia Power to coordinate work at their end. “Since
we’re digging up that road, we might as well put utilities along it,” he said.
Telephone needed an estimate of the rock content of the site before it sent in
an estimate for fiber, said Cervelli, and as for the electric work, costs would
vary depending on whether aboveground or buried infrastructure was ordered; but
both utilities would come with a price tag, and as for the gas company: “They
won’t touch anything until they’ve got a customer,” said Cervelli.
IDA wishes to lay a construction-ready pad to show potential tenants, and that
alone is expected to cost about $50,000, said Cervelli.
something to be talking about in the next couple of months,” said Chairman
Wooten of the utilities.
IDA board approved funds to pay for IDA’s membership in the German-American
Chamber of Commerce, to optimize IDA’s website on search engines for three
months, and to reimburse Cervelli for incidental giveaway items for a wooing
trip to Atlanta officials on Dade’s behalf.
initial Atlanta presentation was postponed due to lack of attendance and he
will return, gifts in hand, to resume his courtship on, appropriately, Feb. 14.
IDA meets on
the third Friday of each month at 3 p.m. in the commission room of the Dade
County Administrative Building. Its meeting was rescheduled this month to
accommodate members’ needs.