Just next to Cohutta Town Hall, a previously empty building is being renovated to house a restaurant.
"That wouldn't have happened if the owner couldn't tie onto sewer," said Town Council member Shane Kornberg.
Cohutta used $235,000 of its share of the 2015 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money along with a $315,000 grant from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission to extend sewer to its downtown business area.
"Not everyone is going to tie on at once, but that sewer is really going to help us bring in new business," Kornberg said. "I'm proud of that. I'd like to continue the things we have been doing, expand sewer to more areas, expand the events that bring our community together and bring people here such as our street dance and our Fourth of July celebration."
Originally from Gainesville, Kornberg came to Cohutta in 2004 when he became facilities manager of the Cohutta Fisheries Center, which is owned by the University of Georgia. He has a bachelor of science degree in forest resources — fisheries and aquaculture from the University of Georgia.
Kornberg was appointed to the council in 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Ron Shinnick, who had been elected mayor. Kornberg was elected to a full four-year term in 2015 and is seeking reelection this year. He faces fellow incumbent Shelia Rose, businessman Nick Conner and former Cohutta police chief Andy Lopez in the race. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected. Early voting is underway in the Whitfield County Courthouse.
"Cohutta has a real small-town charm. I want to preserve that," Kornberg said. "But we also need the right kind of growth. That means amenities, such as more restaurants, more shops. We do our best to encourage that sort of development. We did the sewer. We work with businesses on zoning."