Bethlehem officials asked a guest county commissioner Monday night about the status of sewer on the Hwy. 11 corridor. Councilman Wayne Ridgeway said during the previous county administration, numerous studies were done and maps prepared on installing sewer on Hwy. 11 in the Bethlehem area, but no progress has been made recently.
“I’m not sure if the current administration knows how much work went into it,” Ridgeway said. “I know the current economy is tough. You wonder should we be trying to bridge this gap and keep communication open. I never hear anything about this.”
County commissioner Eva Elder, who was elected last November, was in attendance at Monday night’s Bethlehem City Council meeting and said the board of commissioners are aware of the proposed Hwy. 11 project and it has been discussed since she took office.
“Do we as a council need to be doing something we aren’t doing?” Ridgeway asked. “(Commissioner) Billy Parks was very committed to this before the election.”
“I believe everyone is still committed to this,” Elder said.
Elder also said she can put Bethlehem officials on the agenda for an upcoming county commission work session.
“Everytime I talk with (county chairman) Danny (Yearwood) since he has been elected, it’s not ‘hello,’ but ‘I don’t have any money for you’ and then ‘hello,’” Bethlehem mayor Sandy McNab said Monday.
Council member Scott Morgan said the Hwy. 11 stretch to Bethlehem is “very important.”
McNab asked Elder if she had seen any of the plans and Elder said she had not.
“Not having sewer is what is holding us back here,” McNab said. “I have been told Waffle House wants to go here, but there is no sewer.”
The Barrow County commission needs to fulfill their obligations to serve this area. Bethlehem is an area that frequently has been neglected by the County over the years. Bethlehem has never asked for much from the County. The residents here are content, for the most part, with the way their community exists. However, when Bethlehem finally steps up and asks for something that is important to them, it should not be taken lightly.
I will be paying attention to this proposed and promised project.