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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.

The Lawson 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.

IDA recently 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.

By all 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.

Trenton 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.

Additionally, IDA wishes to lay a construction-ready pad to show potential tenants, and that alone is expected to cost about $50,000, said Cervelli.

“That’s something to be talking about in the next couple of months,” said Chairman Wooten of the utilities.

Meanwhile, the 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.

Cervelli’s 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.




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