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January 27, 2014

County OKs utility expansion to new factory

The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners approved 4-0 an intergovernmental agreement with Dalton Utilities on Monday that will extend sewer and natural gas to the site of the Engineered Floors plant currently under construction on Dug Gap Road.

Board Chairman Mike Babb generally votes only in the event of a tie.

Under the agreement, Whitfield County will cover up to $4.7 million of the cost of extending sewer and gas to the plant as well as moving a water line.

“They (Dalton Utilities) feel pretty confident it will come in under that,” said Babb. “But we do have what we refer to as a ‘rock clause’ in there. If there’s unexpected rock there and they have to blast it or something, that will add to our expenses. Otherwise, our costs are limited to $4.7 million.”

Commissioner Lynn Laughter did express some concern about the agreement. She said during discussions of the agreement she had been assured by Dalton Utilities officials that its policy is that if other users were to tie into the sewer and natural gas lines during the next 10 years the tap fees would go to the county. She said she was disappointed to find that provision was not included in the actual agreement.

The board of Dalton Utilities gave President and CEO Don Cope the authority to sign that agreement at its meeting Monday afternoon.

Engineered Floors unveiled plans back in May to invest $450 million in northwest Georgia during the next five years, including the plant now under construction on Dug Gap Road, which would create some 2,000 jobs.

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