McDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to voice their non-support of development of an inland port anywhere in the county.
Commissioner Bruce Holmes amended the Jan. 20 meeting agenda to add the resolution.
An inland port is a transportation hub for shipping containers dropped off by trucks and then transported throughout the state and country using rail cars.
The resolution cites harmful emissions, noise, increased roadway congestion and environmental concerns as reasons for the board’s disapproval.
It’s unclear what prompted the board to draw up such a resolution.
During a presentation at the Jan. 20 BOC meeting from the Georgia Ports Authority, Lee Beckmann said the authority is not planning an inland port in Henry.
“I understand there’s been a rumor going around that we are, and I wanted to nip that one in the bud,” he said.
Beckmann explained that an inland port is planned for Hall County in the northern portion of the state and that the authority is looking for a second location near the Alabama border in the southern part of the state.
An inland port is already in operation in the northwest corner of the state.
During the Jan. 4 commission meeting, the idea of an inland port was raised by Holmes who said money set aside for the Bethlehem Road interchange project by the Georgia Department of Transportation would result in an inland port in Henry County.
The county has set aside $5.5 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds to go toward the state project that is expected to alleviate traffic congestion on Ga. Highway 155.