Warner Robins council officially extends land for training facility

chwright@macon.comFebruary 4, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- City Council officially extended land to the state Monday for a proposed veteran’s training facility listed in Gov. Nathan Deal’s fiscal 2014 budget.

At its regular council meeting, City Council unanimously -- with even Mayor Chuck Shaheen enthusiastically throwing up his hand for an unofficial ‘aye’ -- approved a resolution offering the more than 40 acres to be used if the project is approved.

“It’s our way of letting them (the Legislature) know in writing we know that the governor has this project, and we’re accepting” of the opportunity, said Councilman Mike Daley.

Three councilmembers confirmed to The Telegraph two weeks ago council would offer the city-owned property behind Huntington Middle School for the $10 million project Deal proposed the week before as part of the state’s budget.

The facility would help military veterans enter the private work force.

Shaheen said Monday 20 acres near the site is still slated to be used for recreation residents in the area have been asking for.

Few details have emerged about the training facility, which is proposed to be a collaboration with state higher learning systems.

“We’re trying something new,” said Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins. “It’s innovative, and I think this is going to be great.”

State legislators must now decide whether to approve the project as part of the budget.

Daley said Deal has the lead on the project; City Council is merely willing to be of service.

Daley said he’s sure other cities are interested, but Warner Robins has an advantage of being centrally located.

Also Monday, City Council approved $6,600 for a survey of Tommy Walker Memorial Park in its continuing efforts on recreation. It voted last month to purchase the land.

The council also unanimously approved a traffic signal at Moody Road and Davis Drive and reviewed an ordinance against truck drivers parking in vacant lots.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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