The land borders Bartow County with frontage on Highway 140 and is adjacent to county-owned land where nature trails have been installed, Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens said.
The Scott Hudgens Foundation is the family foundation of the late Scott Hudgens, who was a Gwinnett County resident and developmer, and once owned a great deal of property in Cherokee County.
The foundation said in a letter that they hoped the property would be used to expand existing “green space” in the county, Ahrens said.
Ahrens read aloud the letter, which, he said, added that the foundation could think of “no greater use” for the land than for it to be preserved for the “enjoyment of the citizens of Cherokee County.”
Ahrens said Wednesday that Hudgens donated Cherokee County the nearly 800 acres where the Georgia National Cemetery now sits, after visiting Normandy, France, the site of the D-Day invasion in World War II.
“The story is,” Ahrens said, “that he’d been over in France at Normandy and he said ‘I’m gonna do something for my buddies.’” That “something,” Ahrens said, ended up being his gift of the acreage for the cemetery to Cherokee County. Hudgens was himself a World War II veteran.
County Attorney Angie Davis recommended getting a more specific statement from the Scott Hudgens Foundation on what uses it saw for the property and whether or not it would be a “passive” or “active” space.
During their meeting, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners also:
— Announced a search to fill an opening on the Cherokee County Board of Ethics created by the recent resignation of Jeff Duncan;
— Announced upcoming town hall meetings in Canton for two commissioners, Brian Poole and Harry Johnston. Poole’s town hall will be at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Bridgemill Fire Station. Johnston’s will be held at 7 p.m. on April 1 at the county’s complex at The Bluffs;
— Unanimously approved a design services contract with Keck and Wood Inc. for the SR 92 and Robin Road Enhancement Project in the sum of $87,000. Kent and Wood’s bid was considerably higher than two lower bidders, but the lower-priced firms were “vague” in their communications, County Manager Jerry Cooper said;
— Unanimously approved a resolution to provide county employees discounted admission to the county’s new aquatic center; and
— Voted to enter a closed session to discuss several items included in “personnel matters.”