Finance committee to consider Sea Island bike trail

Potential funding for a sidewalk and bike trail along Sea Island Road on St. Simons Island is on the agenda for the Glynn County Finance Committee’s Tuesday meeting.

Plans for the bike trail were drawn up years ago, Public Works Director Dave Austin said in the proposal write-up.

In the proposal, Austin said now might be a good opportunity to apply for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program grant. The grant is only awarded to communities of fewer than 200,000 people and requires a minimum ask of $1 million with a 20 percent local match.

The grant can be used to pay for new “pedestrian and bicycle facilities and pedestrian streetscaping projects,” according to the proposal.

The finance committee only makes recommendations to the Glynn County Commission. If the county commission approves the proposal and the GDOT awards the grant, a new bike path could be constructed along Sea Island Road from Demere Road to Frederica Road.

Austin also proposed finding a nonprofit to cover the 20 percent local match, so the county wouldn’t have to pay for the trail out of its own pocket. The trail is in the county’s budget for this year.

Applications for the grant are due on Aug. 31.

In other business, the committee is expected to make recommendations on spending $218,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016 revenue for a culvert improvement project, renewing its $660,000 property and liability insurance policy, approving $118,500 on three years of state prison inmate work details and accepting more than $700,000 in grants for Glynn County Superior Court’s Drug Court program on a $50,000 local match.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the Harold Pate Building, 1725 Reynolds St. in Brunswick.

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