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December 5--  The Toombs County Development Authority has eliminated one more obstacle to finding a client for the county's new "spec" building in the Toombs Corporate Center on U.S. One north of Lyons.

Authority Executive Director Michelle Johnson told the Lyons City Council Tuesday night a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Conger Gas to provide propane gas for manufacturers, "This really opens up the options for industries looking to open up in that park.   As of right now we do not have natural gas capacity at all and companies which are users of gas are basically eliminating Toombs County as an option."

Meanwhile, the county is waiting to see if the Georgia Public Service Commission will approve a multi-million dollar request to expand natural gas distribution to Toombs and surrounding counties.  Johnson hopes a decision will be made early in the new year.

She also reported the Development Authority is working with the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding the route of the U.S. Number One By-Pass.  The current plan would limit the expansion potential of the county's spec building.  "They are going back to the drawing board and we are expecting some revised plans with some potential options maybe in the next week or so," Johnson said.

At its meeting the Lyons Council agreed to a Development Authority request regarding the city's two representatives on the Development Authority board.  The council okayed staggering their terms and also to allow Toombs County citizens who don't live in Lyons but who have employment or business interests in the city to represent Lyons on the board.  Previously you had to be a Lyons resident. 

The Authority is requesting the same consideration from the Vidalia City Council and hopes approval will be granted in December.  Enabling local legislation will be needed from the state legislature when it convenes in January to implement the changes.

The council approved a zoning change for 121.46 acres of land on U.S. One North across from the intersection with Skyline Boulevard.  The change from residential to light industrial will give Robin Builders in Lyons the option of relocating and expanding its manufacturing operation.

Also the council accepted an $89,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for improvements to Faison Park.

lpdpastorsLyons Police Chief Wesley Walker introduced Mayor Willis NeSmith (R) and the council to two recent graduates of the police department's Pastors' Police Academy, Joseph Akins and Tina Lindsey.

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