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Commission approves access road to new Lake McIntosh dam

The Fayette County Commission at a special called meeting Dec. 29 voted 4-1 on a resolution that allows for the acquisition of property that will essentially follow the extension of TDK Boulevard for use as an access road to the Lake McIntosh dam.

The vote to acquire the property gives the county the ability to negotiate with Peachtree City and Pathway Communities, the primary property owners, to acquire the 80-foot right-of-way needed for the access road, commissioners said. The length of the roadway, from where TDK Boulevard ends, is approximately 3,600 feet.

The route of the access road is bordered by Falcon Field immediately to the south. Some existing county water lines now running through airport property will need to be relocated a short distance to the north in proximity to the access road right-of-way, said County Administrator Jack Krakeel.

Commissioners said a functional access road is needed for the new dam’s construction and ongoing maintenance issues since the current entrance to the dam area is heavy duty construction access, commissioners said, adding that the county could eventually install a public parking area near the dam for a possible boat ramp and a small passive park.

Krakeel said the access road will end at the lake, stressing that the roadway will not extend all the way to Line Creek, nor will the dam be constructed as a transit bridge for vehicles.

To date, the only work being performed in the dam area of the long-anticipated Lake McIntosh is sub-surface work, said Krakeel. It is expected to take a year to complete the dam, he said.

The vote to proceed with the property acquisition was 4-1. Pertaining to Commissioner Eric Maxwell’s lone “no” vote, the outgoing commissioner said Thursday that he had discussed his position with the board during executive session.

“I had a difference of opinion,” Maxwell said

In another issue related to the called meeting, commissioners-elect Allen McCarty and Steve Brown attended and, once the vote had been taken to go into executive secession, Brown posed a question to Chairman and outgoing Commissioner Jack Smith.

Brown asked if he and McCarty could stay for the closed portion of the meeting since the two had already been sworn in. Smith indicated in response that they could not.

“You could invite us to stay,” said Brown.

“No, I’m not,” Smith replied emphatically.

Nothing more was said.



the developers are chomping at the bit to get the connection across the new lake into little harmless access road at a time...Can you read between the lines? Now, ask yourselves, why oh why did the Realtor on Council insist on a roundabout option at Crosstown/Peachtree Pkwy that no one wants?.....

Ask Eric Maxwell why, in his last month on BOC, did he oppose the traffic light option at that intersection and now votes this down, too...could he finally have seen the error of his ways and be coming into a new age of enlightenment on his decision making?

Robert W. Morgan's picture

What else will this new road have "access" to? The county will negotiate a low price and Pathways will get a developer's road built for them by the county. Where is Steve Brown when you need him? Oh, that's right, he's a county commissioner now. Go get 'em Steve.

Live free or die!

Mike King's picture

Peachtree City cannot stop the sale of property from Pathways to the county, but Peachtree City could potentially block the sale by refusing to part with its portion. That said, how is it that a county commission gets to designate street construction within the city limits of one of its municipalities?

Could it be that Don and the crew were "asleep at the wheel?" I would have to agree with the poster in that this is but a first step toward a TDK Extension.

Now is there little doubt that both the WBP and the EBP, and the TDK extension will be done?

NONE. We need the roundabout or two more lanes and a traffic light. About 2013 I would guess.

This is Atlanta!

There are those around who think ahead. Sonny does--- for himself!

Deal comes in broke, will leave in eight years a multi-millionaire again---want to bet?

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