‘Project Pipe’ subject of upcoming FDOT meeting

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 17:29 PM.

CHIPLEY — Newly elected County Commissioner Alan Bush was sworn into office Tuesday, then less than 10 minutes later he was named chairman of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners.

The board met Tuesday to swear in two new commissioners, Bush and Lynn Gothard, and to re-swear in Charles Brock, who was re-elected to office when he won a narrow 48-point victory over challenger Tray Hawkins on Nov. 6.

The board also held its reorganization meeting, in which Bush was nominated and elected chairman for 2012-13, while Commissioner Todd Abbott was chosen vice chairman.

“I want to recognize and thank County Judge Colby Peel for running the very successful election,” Brock said. Peel was on hand to swear in the commissioners. “It was a very impressive job.”

County Attorney Jeff Goodman congratulated the new members of the board, then asked that Commissioner Abbott accompany him, County Administrator Steve Joiner and County Engineer Cliff Knauer to a meeting at the Department of Transportation on Nov. 28 to discuss “Project Pipe.”

“Project Pipe” has been an ongoing attempt to get a railroad spur built so that the Columbus, Ga., based The Concrete Company can bring what was described in the 2009 edition of the Washington Chamber of Commerce Advocate as a project in which “about $12.75 million in capital investment will be used to construct a full-service site facility, bringing over 150 jobs with an estimated $5.1 million annual payroll to the county by the final production phase, which will take about two years.”

As of 2009, the project was more than three years old, according to the Chamber newsletter.



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