Council to consider $40K for bike trail
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
November 11, 2012 12:56 AM | 2198 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — Woodstock City Council will discuss providing matching funds of up to $40,000 to add on to the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trail at its Monday night meeting.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center in downtown Woodstock.

David Potts, chairman of Greenprints Alliance, made a request at a recent council meeting to match donations planned to be raised by the nonprofit and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association Woodstock to help construct the 3.5 mile advanced mountain bike trail on the north side of Little River.

Potts said the city’s approval would mean the two non-profits can start the fundraising campaign.

“We’ve had some people that have said they are interested in donating funds, but they want to make sure the city’s going to do their end first,” Potts said.

The city recently received permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with phase three of four of the bike trails, with the Fierce Loop slated for the third phase.

“I think it’s going to be a fun, flowy trail that’s a lot like the Explorer Loop already in place,” Potts said.

City Planner Brian Stockton said the funding will be provided through impact fee expenditures.

Additionally, the council will consider a resolution for a Livable Centers Initiative Supplementary Study grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission for the City Center and North Market Street areas.

The request is for $80,000 for site planning and engineering services and Woodstock’s 20 percent local cash match would be $16,000 for a total study budget of $96,000.

Grant award winners are anticipated to be announced in first quarter of 2013.

The study would provide funding for detailed site analysis, preliminary layout and engineering for the City Center site and the Market Street connection north of Towne Lake Parkway.

The proposed site includes the relocation of city hall to the City Center site, potential retail and incubator office space, a parking structure and the possibility of relocating the Georgia Regional Transport Authority park and ride and a trolley facility to the site.

In other business, the council will:

* Recognize Michael Gustafson for his Eagle Scout project at Olde Rope Mill Park and the Woodstock Police Department Employee of the Quarter;

* Read a proclamation for Herbert M. Priest Jr. Day for Wednesday, Nov. 14 in celebration of the dedication of Herbert M. Priest Jr. Pedestrian Plaza and Crossing, as well as the centennial anniversary of the historic Woodstock Train Depot;

* Discuss purchase of police vehicles for $123,243, which is within fiscal year 2012 vehicle budget of $146,015;

* Discuss purchase of 14 sets of firefighter gear from Bennett Fire Products Co. Inc. for a total of $26,824;

* Discuss purchase of street lights for Woodstock Parkway relocation and Ridgwalk Parkway phases one through three;

* Discuss a budget amendment to increase overtime pay by $5,000 for building inspections by moving the funds from community development salaries due to savings from a recent hire;

* Discuss a T-Mobile cell tower lease amendment including an extension of the contract for four additional five-year terms with an annual increase of 3 percent and allows the company to modify its antennas on the water tower on Neese Road;

* Hear second readings of a planning commission ordinance revision and a special events ordinance revision;

* Discuss open records policy revision; and

* Discuss kitchen alcohol license by JUMP Restaurant Group, LLC for restaurant located at 1085 Buckhead Crossing, the former location of Bogey’s.
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