Skip to content

JDA contemplates options to fix leaky roof

The Grady County Joint Development Authority has been able to build up its cash on hand and pay down on debt, but much needed roof repair or replacement at the Heritage Industrial Complex could easily put the JDA in the hole.
During their regular meeting on Tuesday, authority members discussed proposals for addressing the leaking roof over the section of the former Roddenbery pickle plant that is leased to Big Bend Agri Service.
JDA Vice Chairman Robbie Burns, who presided over the May meeting, shared with authority members proposals he had received for roof work ranging from just over $120,000 to over $300,000.
“I was supposed to have another proposal by today to share with you, but it hasn’t come in yet,” Burns said.
According to Burns, every time it rains Big Bend Agri Services loses product that is getting wet, but needs to remain dry.
Burns said the authority would soon need to decide what was the best approach and most cost efficient way to address the roofing at the Heritage complex.
“We can’t afford to spend $300,000 on the roof over there. It would wipe us out,” Burns commented.
Burns said he was happy to report that new insulation at the Heritage Complex had been installed to reduce the heat inside the facility, which he said was a plus for tenants.
The JDA vice chair also briefed the authority on roof leak issues that have been worked on at the former Higdon Furniture Company facility, which is now leased to Woodhaven Industries. According to Burns, JDA Chairman Charles Stafford is currently working to negotiate a new three-year lease with Woodhaven.
On a positive note, Burns reported that CTS Trucking, a previous tenant at the Heritage complex was interested in returning and he will be meeting with officials to discuss a lease next month.
Burns also reported that he is anticipating being able to make an announcement next month about a prospective new firm code named “Project Level.” The JDA vice chair said he met with one of the owners last week and a few minor details are being wrapped up. “Hopefully we can make an announcement in June,” Burns said.
In other business Tuesday, the JDA unanimously authorized the vice chairman to execute a memorandum of understanding with the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership and committed to $6,000 in funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
JDA member Charles Davis asked for an update on where the authority stood on filling the executive director position that was vacated earlier this year by Chadd Mathis.
The authority has not formally advertised the vacancy, but Burns noted that Chairman Stafford had received “several” resumes. According to Burns, the JDA leadership was trying to wrap up a new lease with Woodhaven and some other loose ends before officially beginning the process to replace Mathis.
Burns has been filling in temporarily as the day-to-day, hands-on contact person for the authority with assistance from chamber temporary staff and accountants with Richter and Company, PC.

Leave a Comment