Susan Ramsey

Susan Ramsey

MAYO — The former Hamilton County Development Authority executive director is now offering to help Lafayette County with its economic development.

Susan Ramsey, the former head of the HCDA, approached the Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners at its Jan. 27 meeting about potential economic development opportunities she could assist the county with.

Ramsey listed the pros, cons and other logistics that are involved with economic development, which she said was a “broad term.”

Board chair Anthony Adams said he wanted the board to hear from Ramsey in order to get an outside opinion on how to attract economic development for the county.

Adams suggested the board set up a workshop with Ramsey so she could further discuss in detail the skills that she could provide the county and for the board to then determine whether hiring her as an independent contractor would be a viable option.

The board agreed to hold a workshop discussing Ramsey and economic development after its meeting Monday.

The board is also holding a workshop Monday prior to its meeting, at 8 a.m., to further discuss the Sims Farm Property. The 190-acre plot will cost approximately $75,000 to be cleaned and prepared for replanting. The board has already previously discussed selling the property.

Public Works Director Scott Sadler told the board that County Roads 536, 400 and 500 have all been submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation as potential projects for the SCOP and SCRAP programs.

The board also unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the Lafayette County Fire Department as the primary fire service provider in Districts 1-3 and 5 in the county.

Fire Chief JC Lawson said District 4 was not included in the resolution, which doesn’t affect the services the fire department provides, because Hatchbend has a volunteer department in that district. Lawson said LCFD will continue to respond to District 4 as well as other districts.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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