GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - As the cost of building a 962-acre lake in Grady County increases, a new man is supervising the project.
The Tired Creek Lake Project has a new manager.
Just a few years ago, there was nothing but trees and more trees on this land.
Now, the beginnings of a new recreational lake for Grady County are becoming clearer.
Grady County Commissioner and Lake Authority Board Member Charles Norton said, “Water usually attracts people. You build it, and they'll come.”
And that's exactly what county commissioners hope Tired Creek Lake will bring.
The estimated cost of the project comes close to $30 million, but commissioners believe the facility will bring in visitors and money.
Norton said, “When people come, they spend money. And when they spend money, they pay sales tax.”
But Norton said this project is becoming more complex and costly as construction continues.
So they hired Mike Binion as the new Lake Manager to serve as a communication liaison between the Lake Authority and county commissioners.
Binion said he's excited for a new recreational and fishing facility in the area.
Binion said, “What better place to do it than to have to drive to Lake Seminole or the Flint River when they can just stay right here. This will be a great economy boom for the county, I believe.”
In the next several months, Binion said all of this land will be covered in water.
He said it's a promising project that many folks in South Georgia will enjoy.
“I look forward to when the lake gets full and to have people out here on their boats. Especially in the summertime, they can enjoy it with the family. Just a nice day on the water, relaxing,” Binion said.
Norton said the Lake Authority is currently working on a grant to put in sewage and water lines to prepare for potential housing development in the future.