Lake resort study approved by council

Asia Ashley Staff Writer

January 15, 2014

A new resort-style marina could be the next big thing for LaGrange.

Representatives from the Canaco Development Group (CDG), who has worked on projects with Callaway Gardens, Ritz Carlton and Lake Oconee, to name a few, presented the LaGrange City Council with the proposal of the marina that would be located on West Point Lake off of Mooty Bridge Road during Tuesday morning’s work session. The initial concept of the marina would include more than 600 acres of land with a hotel, a senior living component, golf course and a commercial component with a small town center with trails and walkways throughout.

The proposed venue could also be used to hold concerts and the representatives said a bowling alley or miniature golf amenities could also be a part of the location to draw in younger crowds.

The project and its amenities would be examined through feasibility study that would be sponsored by USDA. Council voted to approve the request to receive the USDA grant to fund the study. The results of the study would determine the next step into the proposal.

Steve Cantrell, of the CDG, said the company has already spoken with USDA representatives about the project, and talked to other sources who may agree to financing the project.

In other news, LaGrange Chief of Public Safety Lou Dekmar, requested on behalf of E911, $140,000 from the city to fund 911 phone application program. Because the app is an emerging technology, council voted to consider the technology a while longer before agreeing to fund the software.

During a packed house at Tuesday evening’s council meeting, Mayor Jim Thornton and Council Members Norma Tucker, Tom Gore and Nick Woodson took their oath of office.

Former Mayor Jeff Lukken spoke kinds word of each before their oaths and thanked the city staff before Thornton took his seat for the first time as mayor.

Thornton thanked Lukken for his 16 years of leadership as mayor and being a “wonderful” example for him.

“I hope that over the next four years I can prove that your trust in me was justified,” Thornton said to all of his supporters in the room. “It’s a great honor to serve in the role and I will do everything in my power to live up to that trust and to represent all 31,000 residents of LaGrange.”

To close out the Tuesday’s meeting, continued Lukken’s tradition of closing out the meeting with “good news,” City Manager Tom Hall informed that after more than 20 years of a request to make improvements to Hamilton Road, to include widening the street, the Department of Transportation announced the federal funding for the project has been approved.