The Little River community in far north Baldwin is now closer to having its own S.A.I.L. center in their community, as the Baldwin County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase land for the project.
County Attorney David Conner told the commissioners that a deal had been reached to purchase the property for $20,000 from a local resident.
“This is the first step in a long-going effort between the Baldwin County Commission and the members of that community for a center in that area,” Conner said.
According to members of the Little River community, they have had no firm location for a center and had requested the county’s help in making their center a reality.
Baldwin County Commissioner Jeb Ball said he was glad to see the county moving forward on the project.
“This has been something that we’ve discussed for a while, so it’s nice to see us moving forward on a project that helps create an even better sense of community for the people up in Little River,” Ball said. “This project has been a long time coming, and I appreciate the patience and efforts of the folks up there in partnering with us to make this happen.”
Community members have already come together to form a board and filed paperwork for their 501c3 in order to further jump start the process of constructing and operating the center.
“They’re good to go,” Commission Chairman Skip Gruber said at a recent work session. “They just need a place to do it.”