Norman and Russell

Upson County Commission Chairman Norman Allen and Thomaston City Manager Russell Thompson

A presentation to the Thomaston-Upson Development Authority by City Manager Russell Thompson sparked comments regarding the city’s commitment to industrial growth in the county, according to Commission Chairman Norman Allen.

Allen, who sits on the IDA board, told commissioners at the Jan. 24 meeting that IDA members requested he be “more of a conduit” between the development authority and county commission. The IDA held its first meeting of 2023 the previous day.

“[IDA Executive Director Kyle Fletcher} asked the city for a cost estimate to purchase more wastewater capacity [for the industrial park] and the city manager presented a couple of options,” Allen said. “I may be wrong, but it was a significant bump [in cost].”

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