County commission addresses criticism of mega site – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

County commission addresses criticism of mega site – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

Members of the Etowah County Commission are done “taking it on the chin” when it comes to public discussion of the Little Canoe Creek Mega Site, according to their comments Tuesday in response to criticism leveled at the project during an Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority meeting last month.

Commissioner Larry Payne said he was “disappointed” in Rep. Craig Ford for disparaging the large industrial site the commission has been working to develop for years.

“We began this venture 10 years ago,” Commissioner Jeff Overstreet said. “We made up our minds to do something to help the county. We’re determined to follow through.

“We have a vision; we have a plan,” Overstreet said. “We’re going to do continue.”

The conflict is this: Ford accused the commission of failing to support the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority in its bid to bring a large, multi-sport development to the county during the authority’s last meeting.

He said the commission continues to put money into what he referred to as the “mega swamp.”

Commission members counter than they’ve never opposed the proposed sports complex; they believe Ford’s criticism stems from a request to use some of the mega site property for a mega-sports venue years ago. It’s a request the commission denied, according to President Tim Choate.

Ford said he never asked for the property.

Commisson attorney Jim Turnbach cited a May 2105 commission meeting where Jeff Little, now sports authority treasurer, talked to commission members about the mega site property as a potential site for a sports complex.

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