Posted: Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 2:28pm
GCC gets ready for big grant approval
By Jerry Gunn Staff
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville City Council marked several grant resolutions for approval at next Tuesday's regular meeting during their work session Thursday morning.
Mayor Danny Dunagan said the grants should save the taxpayers a great deal of money on everything from downtown planning to transportation improvements to public art work.
“It adds up to just over $600,000, Dunagan said. “We’ll start our transportation plan and the other grants are just to make our city better."
The $522,000 state transportation grant calls for 50/50 matching funds from the city.
Public Works Director David Dockery said the local funding match is in the budget for three major intersection improvements along Jesse Jewell Parkway.
Dockery said the intersections at E.E. Butler Parkway, Auburn Avenue and West End Avenue are slated for those improvements.
“This will be the first project identified in the transportation master plan,” Dockery said. “This will provide 50 percent of the funding.”
Dockery said after engineering and right-of-way acquisition, the improvement work should start early next year.
Grant approval resolutions for a state Gateway Grant and an economic development grant also went before City Council.
Special Projects Manager with Community Development Jessica Tullar made the requests, including permission to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for public art.
“The intent of this first project is to do a sculpture piece in front of the Civic Center,” Tullar said. “We will do an official call for artists and have a selection panel.”
Tullar told City Council matching fund grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000. Arts Council members and Quinlan Arts Center members would make up the panel.
The $48,000 Gateway grant would finance right-of-way restoration of the city’s community forest at the Exit 20 entrance from I-985. The city would match $20,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help fund a downtown strategic master plan.
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