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Hall may build new sports park

Adjacent land could be sold to pay off sewer debt

POSTED: June 10, 2014 12:19 a.m.

County officials are considering building a new youth sports park in South Hall while selling off remaining land to pay down the debt on the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

The county owns close to 300 acres of property adjacent to the facility off Spout Springs Road. The land is on the county sewer line, officials said, making it all the more valuable.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a $4,000 contract Thursday with Hayes James & Associates for a conceptual design of the park, including construction cost estimates. Funding for this contract will likely come from park fees.

Commissioner Craig Lutz, who serves on the county’s parks and leisure board, said he hoped baseball, softball, football and lacrosse fields could be built, along with ample parking, restrooms and other necessary facilities.

Lutz said the new park is needed to address growing demand in South Hall. Once the design is complete, he said the project could be shelved until financing is identified, perhaps from SPLOST revenues.

Once county officials have identified how much acreage is needed to build the park, the remainder of the land could then be sold to help repay debt on the sewer facility — debt which has not been paid off as quickly as county officials would like as supply has outweighed demand.


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