Lee rezoning paves way for new ag firm

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Lee County commissioners voted Tuesday night to rezone a 4.27-acre tract of land at 130 Hugh Road to allow Vada Investors Corp. Inc. to open an agricultural equipment manufacturing business.

The property was rezoned to industrial at the request of Vada owner D. Hugh Harrell. It previously was zoned C-2, or commercial.

The company is based in Decatur County, but Harrell lives in Lee County. The property rezoned is located between Ledo Road and Fussell Road.

In a letter to Lee Planning Director Bob Alexander, Harrell said the company presently outsources a considerable amount of its fabrication and processing of parts business.

The Lee County structure will enable the company to handle its own fabrication, Harrell said. Plus, he plans to relocate the warehousing and distribution operations to Lee County.

"Many of these positions will require management skills as well as technical training in the operation of automated equipment," Harrell said.

Harrell said he looked at several sites in Lee and Dougherty counties before selecting the Hugh Road site.

The building has 19,500 square feet of space with easy access to U.S. Highway 82 and the Liberty Expressway. The building, currently vacant, previously housed a heavy machinery transmission service, repair and distribution business.

The assessed value of the building is $595,100.

In other business, the commissioners also appointed Greg Crowder as one of their three appointees to the Lee County Library Board.

Crowder replaces Eddie Hinman, who resigned earlier this month because of his move to Glynn County. Crowder will serve the remainder of the term, which continues through June 30, as well as a new three-year term. He is vice president of marketing and administration with Sumter Electric Membership Corporation.

The county's other appointees to the board are Valerie Benton and Gary Knight.