published Monday, May 30th, 2011

Grants head to Georgia counties

DALTON, Ga. — Georgia counties in the 9th Congressional District will receive more than $4 million in Transportation Enhancement Program funds, including $500,000 headed toward Dalton’s greenway.

The project will use various paths and trails to connect the city’s central business district to outdoor recreation in the north part of town.

“We are really pleased,” Dalton City Manager Ty Ross said. “It is not everything we asked for, but we got the largest amount of any grant.”

Walker County received $225,000 for a welcome center at McLemore Cove, and Fort Oglethorpe will use its $500,000 for a multiuse trail along Battlefield Parkway.

The funding for Dalton is in addition to a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources received earlier this year to build trails on Mount Rachel.

The city had asked for $1 million, which would have allowed it to complete the greenway project, aimed at attracting outdoor-loving young professionals. The $500,000 award will fund the first phase of the project, with the city providing 20 percent matching funds.

Ross said the money should be enough to allow a connection from downtown to Crown Mill Village along Chattanooga Avenue. Eventually the city hopes to branch out into three paths that would take pedestrians to Mount Rachel, Haig Mill Lake and Heritage Point.

“We believe in the snowball effect,” Ross said. “If people see what this is all about, we think they will get excited and work with us to make it happen.”

The city is also hoping to encourage development at the Crown Mill Village area between Chattanooga Avenue and North Hamilton Road. On May 23, the Dalton Planning Commission approved the area as an arts and cultural district to help promote new uses, including a limited number of small-scale live entertainment venues.

The designation allows coffee shops, museums, brewpubs, theaters and art galleries but bans novelty shops and various other types of stores.

Kevin Herrit, a county and city planner, told the board that the aim was to encourage an area where both residential homes and businesses could exist.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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ATF said...

Well, here is another $4 million in federal money that is going to do things local and state governments should be paying for. If we ever want to get the federal government out of deficit, we have to stop relying on federal money for in-state and in-county roads, trails, and sidewalks.

This is crazy.

May 30, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
mrclark said...

A letter to our Senators

Hello,

It is with the deepest humility and most profound respect for the office that you hold that I hereby seek your knowledge and help to combat a growing problem with this nation and equally as important, our great state. It has just come to my attention through a recent article that $4 million was just given to the 4th district here in Georgia for the "Transportation Enhancement Program".
I address the letter to you to hopefully bring to your attention another flagrant misuse of American's and more notably Georgian's hard earned tax dollars. I do not see where the Department of Transportation should be giving away money for what is an obvious scam and an appalling lack of judgment from both Federal and local officials who clearly have no concept of the great threats to our nation’s peace and well being that are currently being played out daily in the National Theater, a.k.a. Capitol Hill.
Here is the direct quote of these projects intentions, "The project will use various paths and trails to connect the city’s central business district to outdoor recreation in the north part of town". Now it is beyond my ability to, in good conscience, read something such as this and not be moved to speak out. As we see on the national stage day in and day out there is a larger financial crisis that is threatening the cohesion and peace of our mighty nation. It is precisely because of the great turmoil that it is vitally important to weed out the wasteful spending on the local level as well.
What business is it of the federal government to throw away $4 million dollars to a state congressional district to create nature paths for business people to use on their lunch breaks? Does that sound like something that we should be spending money on sir? Something as ignorant and useless as that should be an issue left up to local city councils and the business' that could or would be affected by such things. When will the time come for you and others there in Washington to stand up and help bring responsibility to our nation? The sovereignty of our state is at stake each and every time the federal government steps in to give away and dictate how money should be wasted for frivolous programs.

It is my sincerest hope, sir, that this letter finds you well and that I was able to clearly convey my concerns to you. The restoration of American exceptionalism and the era of personal responsibility is now and will always be the deepest desire of my heart and soul and I hope that is your desire as well.

With Kindest Regards,

Ian A Clark

May 30, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
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