In a surprise move Thursday night, Hall County commissioners “fired” the city of Lula from partnering with the county to provide sewer capacity to the Gateway Industrial Centre.
The board of commissioners approved building its own sewer treatment plan to service the 518-acre industrial park under development and the Ga. 365 corridor. In the same motion, it approved suspending negotiations with the city.
Commissioner Billy Powell made the motion, saying the county had negotiated with Lula for about six months, but couldn’t come to terms on updating a 2006 agreement. The county insisted on updating the agreement, Ken Rearden, county Public Works and Utilities director, and Lula Mayor Milton Turner said. That agreement allowed the county to purchase sewer capacity at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
The vote was 4-1, with board Chairman Richard Mecum voting against.