‘Project Pipe’ subject of upcoming FDOT meeting

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM.

Grant monies were sought by the county to build a rail spur and industrial grade road for the project. Part of the requirement for the grant was that jobs would be created as a result of the project.

The project slowed late in 2007 as the company put its energies into building two new facilities in Georgia and Alabama, according to the Chamber newsletter.

Besides the grant money, the county has a bank loan for the project which Goodman asked the board to extend for another year while county officials met with The Concrete Company and the FDOT to try and work out details on the stalled project.

The plan was for the county to own and maintain the railroad spur, leasing it to tenants including Frank Foley. President of The Concrete Company.

The purpose of the Nov. 28 meeting is to try and come up with a schedule on the project to submit to the DOT by the calendar year. Goodman asked for a board member to attend the meeting and asked that the project be made a line item for discussion at the commission’s next workshop. Goodman requested that Vice Chairman Abbott attend the meeting since Abbott has been involved with the project for a number of years.

“I have never felt good about this project until today,” Abbott said. “This meeting is forcing all the parties involved to get together.”

Brock asked Knauer his honest opinion on whether or not the project would ever be completed.

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