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Improvements needed to make Tallassee a draw

By Michael Butler

"We've got to fix the infrastructure, bring jobs in here, get a process and strategic plan to move us forward," Tallassee mayor Johnny Hammock stated. "It's not going to happen overnight. It's not going to happen in the next decade."

Hammock unveiled his new tax plan recenlty that was passed by the city council to begin working for those improvements.

"I think Tallassee manages its money well for the size that we are," he said. "It's hard to compare apples to apples when you look at an Auburn. Auburn's got all the amenities. That's what we're fighting. A lot of the people who get paid the higher end jobs here at GKN and Neptune, they're going to gravitate towards those places."

The first step in upgrades is going underground with outdated gas lines.

"We have 30 miles of cast iron that have been in the ground since the '40s. We're going to take $200,000 and replace our worst section of gas line, from Hilltop Grocery to Britt Veterinary Clinic. We've got to start moving forward to bring in the amenities to give the overall appeal that people want to live here."

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