Five months after the Winder City Council voted to reject a $4.9 million federal loan, Mayor Chip Thompson has let it go.
The mayor said Tuesday that after the first of the year, he notified the Monroe office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program that the city would not take the loan.
The money was to have been used to build a public works complex off Miles Patrick Road, enabling utility and other departments to be located in one spot.
But the Winder City Council, concerned about taking on more debt in a down economy, rejected the 40-year loan on Aug. 3, 2010.
Without the knowledge of at least some council members, the mayor did not immediately reject the loan after the vote. He decided to keep the city’s options open for six months.
“I felt like maybe in six months we would be able to see down the road better as far as the economy and be able to make a better judgment,” Thompson said. “But the clouds are still there and we can’t see down the road. So I basically decided that I would let it go back.”