Despite financial shortfalls, disagreements over water usage and a loss of state support, Grady County commissioners say it's time to move ahead with their Tired Creek recreational project. They say after three decades of discussion they won't throw in the towel without a fight.
For the first time in a year and a half, Grady and Leon County officials are talking face-to-face about their plans for Tired Creek.
"The economic development that would result from a 2,600 acre reservoir in Grady would be a tremendous economic boom for the state of Georgia as well as Grady County."
Commissioners from both Leon County and Grady County say they'd still like to see Tired Creek become a reality, but they say obstacles like a lack of communication and a cut in available funding for the project have thrown them off track.
Charlie Norton, Grady County Commissioner, says, "One governor made a commitment, 10.5 million dollars. He failed to get reelected so we had to start over, then we got the Speaker of the House to put in 10 million, but it got hashed around and we came up with $675,000.”
Grady County commissioners say they are willing to work with what money they have, but disagreements over water usage with Leon County officials also stand in the way.
Dan Winchester, Leon County Commissioner, says, "Many of our water bodies will be effected since the Ochlocknee River and the tributaries that would serve this proposed lake and reservoir in Grady County are interconnected."
Despite differences in opinion, commissioners from both counties say they've taken the first real step to make the project happen and no matter how long it takes they'll try to see it through.
The Tired Creek lake project includes 1,200 acres with a marina, civic center and possibly a golf course.