The Long County Development Authority voted Tuesday to give a little more than a half acre of land at the industrial site to the Long County Commission to build an animal control facility.
Authority Chairman Wallace Shaw brought the measure up at the November meeting and said he thinks allotting the land is a good idea that will benefit the county.
Before the vote, LCDA member Lillian Simmons expressed concern about whether establishing animal control at the industrial site would deter potential businesses from setting up shop there. She also questioned the legality of the transfer.
Shaw said he checked with the county attorney, who said the transfer can be done legally. He also said he did not think having animal control at the site would hinder the county’s ability to draw new business.
Shaw, who also is a also a county commissioner, said the site was selected because it is next to the Long State Prison and prisoners will occasionally work at the facility.
Authority member Roger Houston said, “I don’t think it will [be a problem]. It’s really wasted space and has no practical use.”
Shaw said, “I’m sure some will frown on it, but I think it benefits the county and I don’t see any harm or legal adverse effects from it.”
After the discussion, the measure passed unanimously.
In other business:
• The authority passed a measure to register with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. According to Shaw, there was an oversight in the required paperwork the LCDA submitted to the state. He said the oversight needs to be corrected. The measure passed unanimously.
• The authority members agreed that in the coming year they will attend more conferences throughout the state in an effort to draw attention to Long County and recruit new industries.
• Shaw said the county attorney is reviewing McGowan Construction Company’s allegedly limited progress on a building going up at the industrial site. The authority approved the building in 2008. After the meeting, Shaw said the project was supposed to be completed in two years. By the next meeting, he said, he will report on what actions the county can take.
• The authority canceled the December meeting unless urgent business arises. The next meeting is Jan. 25.