Leaders want opinions on Lake Tobesofkee use

Bibb County officials are looking for residents’ opinions on how they would like to see Lake Tobesofkee used in the future.

The Bibb Commission will host two town hall meetings on the subject as part of a multimethod study examining future uses for the lake.

Much of Lake Tobesofkee was damaged or destroyed during last year’s Mother’s Day tornado. Since then, commissioners have been talking about how they could not only repair, but also upgrade, some of the facilities.

“It’s time to bring Lake Tobesofkee up to the 21st century,” Commissioner Joe Allen said.

The lake is situated in the heart of the state and needs something that will draw people from across the Southeast, said Allen, chairman of the Tobesofkee committee.

Athens-based Opinion Research Solutions, a marketing and public opinion company, is conducting the study, which will be used to guide future development at the lake. The company contracted with the county in December and has been gathering information through interviews and surveys since then, according to the county.

The town hall meetings will allow the commission to get public input on how they would like to use the lake, commission Chairman Sam Hart said.

The first town hall meeting is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the commission board room on the fourth floor of the courthouse, located on Mulberry Street.

The second is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 5 in the pavilion at the lake’s Claystone Park.

Residents who would like to participate in the study but are unable to attend the meetings may take part in an online survey at http://tinyurl.com/lakesurvey. The survey asks residents about their current use of the lake and their satisfaction with the facilities.

To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 744-4345.