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Lee County paves way for medical supply company

LEESBURG, Ga. — Lee County Commissioners gave enthusiastic approval to a stormwater maintenance agreement that paved the way for R&B Properties of Southwest GA LLC to begin development of the planned Triad Isotopes facility along Ledo Road.

The medical supply company will locate “along Ledo between Palmyra and U.S. 19,” according to Lee Planning and Engineering Director Bob Alexander.

“We’re thrilled that Triad Isotopes is coming to Lee County, and we’re thankful that R&B Properties has chosen to invest in our community,” Commissioner Rick Muggridge said.

Lee County Chamber of Commerce Director Winston Oxford said his office had not been involved in efforts to locate Triad Isotopes in the county.

“This is a standalone deal; we weren’t involved at all,” Oxford said. “The company was looking for somewhere to develop the medical supplies facility, and we’re just pleased that they decided to locate here.”

Commissioners also voted to authorize Lanier Engineering to send a Letter of Map Revision to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to account for recently completed flood elevations that will re-establish an accurate flood plain in the county. A number of citizens will be taken out of the FEMA-created flood plain, and thus be relieved from having to buy expensive flood insurance, once FEMA approves the work completed by Lanier.

“Our study concentrated on three basins,” Bobby Donnelly with the engineering firm said. “Most structures in the Smithville basin along Livingston Road will move outside the flood plain, as will others along the Groover Park basin and the West Leesburg basin that runs along the (U.S. 19) bypass.

“Many of the structures that are still in the flood plain may be eligible to obtain elevation certificates that show they’re at elevations that may not get them out of having to buy flood insurance but will at least get them the lowest rates available.”

Also at the meeting, which is the only one that will be held by the commission in November, commissioners voted to approve Jack Miller and Greg Crowder for seats on the Joint Development Authority of Baker, Terrell, Dougherty and Lee Counties; OK’d agreements with Carter & Sloope Consulting Engineers and Bob Roberson for the Community Development Block Grant that will fund improvements on Livingston Road in Smithville; and accepted a $200 donation for the Fifth Friday Foundation Animal Shelter from Melissa Reed with the Junior League of Albany.

Commissioners also heard a report from Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert, who praised county citizens for the low number of fires compared to the high number of burn permits (6,500) issued in the county during fiscal year 2011.