A proposed water line from Elbert County to Madison County’s Madico Park — well, that’s a “no go,” at least for now.
Madison and Elbert County officials applied for a $10 million grant from the Governor’s Water Fund to pay for such a line, but leaders learned recently that the state isn’t awarding money for the project anytime soon.
The state received $60 million in water project requests from around the state and had $45 million to fund projects.
“I would have thought they would have done what they had to do to take the $15 million out,” said industrial authority executive director Marvin White. “Instead, they shut the whole thing down. They’re not doing anything. They’re going to start all over again and have us reapply sometime later on. So it’s not very good for us or anyone else. Everyone is out at this time.”
Madison County’s industrial authority has worked in recent years to connect county lines to water services in adjacent counties.
“That (the proposed line) would have connected our water system to Elbert County and to Lake Russell,” said White.
The IDA leader said the state changed the project funding criteria at decision time.
“We got down to the time and they changed the rules,” said White. “It can’t affect communities or counties. It has to affect the state of Georgia. I don’t know how you separate counties and communities from the state. You would think that if it benefits Madison County, it would benefit the state of Georgia also.”
White said a meeting is meeting scheduled to meet with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority over the matter.