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July 16, 2014

Commission pursuing fisheries deal

CAIRO — The Grady County Commission unanimously agreed to set aside funds for the Tired Creek Lake Authority to continue negotiations with Bill Dance and his group to construct fisheries at Tired Creek Lake.

According to Travis Bryant, chairman of the Lake Authority, the goal is to offer something that other places do not offer in regards to fisheries.

“Bill Dance and his group have done a good job of coming in and crafting a plan that has been extremely comprehensive,” said Bryant. “It was requested that way. The plan is for eight separate walk-out fishing areas around the  lake.”

The cost of the construction of the fisheries would be roughly $500,000, depending on the locations of the borrow pits and if constructed privately with no regards of the construction that could be done internally — such as with the help of the Grady County Road Department.

The Lake Authority’s opinion is that it should not proceed with the entire plan crafted by Dance and his group.

Bryant said, “We should go back to him with a dollar amount in hand. He wants to know what we’re willing to spend and they’ll customize the plan to meet that need.”

Overall, Bryant and the Lake Authority have been impressed with Dance’s fishery design.

The Lake Authority requested the commissioners to appropriate setting aside funds to construct fisheries to not exceed $250,000 in conjunction with Bill Dance’s proposal.

The vote was unanimous.

 

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