Trion Town Council To Seek Grant For Sidewalk Project PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:50
Trion Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to apply for up to $200,000 in grant money to build sidewalks along Central Avenue and Simmons Street. The sidewalks will begin at the Chattooga River Bridge and extend to the high school football stadium, as well as along Simmons Street where it will connect with the sidewalk completed last year.
The Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) is administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Municipalities can apply for up to $200,000 in assistance, but Trion Maintenance Supervisor Eddy Willingham cautioned council that it was unlikely the town would receive the full amount.
“I think it’s more likely we could get $150,000 to $160,000 or $170,000,” said Willingham.
The town will be required to match 30 percent of the grant amount.
Willingham said the project would include approximately 4.383 linear feet of uncurbed sidewalk. The estimated cost of completion, according to an engineering report commissioned by the town, is $384,143.
That would leave a substantial amount of the project needing to be 100 percent paid for by Trion taxpayers.
Mayor Larry Stansell said the project will be done in increments with the council voting on additional funding when it becomes necessary. 
Council asked few questions and was supportive of the deal.
“I feel like anytime we can get grant money we should try and get it,” said Councilwoman Becky McWhorter.
The vote was taken at a called meeting with little public notice. Stansell said the quick meeting was necessary because the deadline for the LMIG grant was on Wednesday.
 


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