Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to consider a lease agreement for the Stephens County Recreation Area with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at their meeting later today.

The county commission is scheduled to meet starting at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

Last December, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to instruct staff to work with the Corps of Engineers on having the county lease the day use area at the Georgia-South Carolina state line off of U.S. Highway 123 and take over operations and maintenance of the facility.

That came after the Corps announced in November that it had planned to close the park because of budget shortfalls.

After the Corps made that announcement, numerous area residents expressed concerns about the Corps’ decision to close the facility.

Local residents say the park, which is the site the “Broken Bridges,” is an important part of the county’s history.

Other residents also say that the first image of StephensCounty to people coming in from South   Carolina should not be that of a closed park, while some point to the day use area’s economic impact on nearby businesses.

The day use area has remained open while the Corps and StephensCounty finalize the lease agreement.

Stephens County Commissioners will start their meeting with a work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss items on the meeting agenda.  The business meeting to vote on agenda items will follow immediately after the work session.

Today’s Stephens County Commission meeting is open to the public.