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Forsyth County pursuing grants for Lake Lanier parks connectivity
Sidewalks would link Shady Grove to others in area
Shady Grove Park on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County.

Other action

Also during their work session Tuesday, the Forsyth County commission approved the following:

* Several items for the Forsyth County Fire Department, including $352,000 for a vehicle from Pierce Manufacturing Company that will provide light and breathing air for responding firefighters; $80,000 for Samples Preservation Contracting to field-test fire hydrants; and $60,000 for fire apparatus operator and battalion chief testing processes with I/O Solutions.

* A $57,000 contract with Prad Group of Atlanta to design remodeling of Sexton Hall.

* The purchase of an OPEX scanner and Mavbridge software, totaling $195,010, for the county water and sewer department.

* Engineering and design services for road projects on Brookwood Road ($135,500) and Union Hill Road ($170,000). TyLin International will handle both.

* Reimbursement of $121,791 to BellSouth Telecommunications, which has been bought by AT&T, for the relocation of facilities within the Bethelview Road widening project.

* A task order worth $98,000 to Constantine Engineering of Fort Payne, Ala., for water line relocation along Castleberry Road.


-- Kelly Whitmire

NORTH FORSYTH — Changes could be coming to a couple of parks along Lake Lanier if Forsyth County is able secure federal grant funding.

At their work session on Tuesday, county commissioners voted 4-0, with Todd Levent absent, to pursue two grants totaling $5 million through the Fiscal Year 2015 Eastern Federal Lands Access Program.

The larger of the two grants could be worth up to nearly $4.8 million, with a required match from the county not to exceed about $1.2 million.

If the county were to receive the grant, the money would go toward multiuse paths and sidewalks for three different projects.

The longest of the projects, known as the Shady Grove sidewalk, would eventually total 4.2 miles and connect Shady Grove, Young Deer and Charleston Parks before ending at Hwy. 369.

Another sidewalk project would total 3.5 miles and run from Tidwell Park to the Pilgrim Mill and Freedom Parkway intersection, and a multiuse path running 2.7 miles along the Chattahoochee River from James Burgess Road to Lower Pool West Park was also proposed.

“There’s a lot of competition for these grants to do this type of work,” said Jim Pryor, parks director. “[A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official] did say that it was a relatively new grant that just started a few years ago, but he believes it will be recurring every year.”

It is anticipated that the county would not receive grants for all three projects.

“These are three separate projects,” said Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt. “I think it’s pretty unlikely we’d be awarded all three. I think about one of the three is about all we would be [doing.]”

The second grant is worth up to $320,000, with a required match of up to $80,000 from the county, and would be used to repave all of the roads within Shady Grove Park.