First phase costs rise at Echo Hills

Oconee County councilmen are unhappy that the cost of first phase development at the Echo Hills industrial park on highway 11 is increasing by $100 thousand. At second reading last night, what had been a $2.5 million general obligation bond rose by $100 thousand. County Administrator Scott Moulder explained the added cost reflects the handling of the bonds to be issued to cover the costs of readying part of the acreage for potential employers. What to call the county’s latest industrial park is another matter. After District Two’s Wayne McCall complained that Echo Hills sounds like a gated golf course community, Moulder said a name change is coming.