McDONOUGH – June Wood, chair of the Henry County Board of Commissioners, took issue with claims that an inland port would be constructed in the county.
At Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Wood stated that an inland port is not being built, nor were there plans for one.
“There are no designs for an inland port in Henry County, contrary to what some would like the public to believe,” Wood said.
According to a release from Wood’s camp, Wood sent out a newsletter mentioning an inland port concept as part of a 20-30 year outlook to help address safety concerns with truck traffic in the county.
Recently, Commissioner Bruce Holmes, who represents the northern District V in the county, explained that part of the reason he is opposed to a proposed interchange at Interstate 75 and Bethlehem Road was due to a possible inland port being constructed along with the interchange.
In an interview with the Herald earlier this month, Holmes argued the inland port would be developed in coordination with the proposed interchange. The port, he said, would be constructed on property owned by Norfolk Southern.
In the interview, Holmes said the port was part of a proposed agreement between Norfolk Southern and the Georgia Ports Authority.
In response, Wood read a statement from Stacey Watson, director of economic and industrial development at the Georgia Ports Authority, which stated that the inland port strategy was underway with three sites.
The three sites mentioned were in Crandall, located in Murray County, near the Tennessee border, Hall County and a site in west central Georgia with Kia Motors identified as the “anchor tenant” for that facility.
According to the statement, “there are no other plans for additional inland ports in Henry County or any other area in the state.”