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Duluth awards contract to design initial portion of Greenway Trail

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday awarded the contract to do the design engineering for the initial portion of the Greenway Trail to Pond & Company in the amount of $39,250.

The approximate 2.5-mile hiking and biking trail will start at Rogers Bridge and run along the Chattahoochee River to Scott Hudgens Park and continue to Pleasant Hill Road. The trail will be handicap accessible.

Duluth is matching a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to develop the trail.

City Administrator Phil McLemore said the contract with Pond will cover the design of about the first 1,500 feet of the trail with the remainder to be done later in stages. The city has obtained about 90 percent of the right of way and easements for the entire trail, he said.

Of nine bids received by the city, three were considered based on the recommendation of city engineers and staff. The council unanimously opted for Pond over a company with similar experience and qualifications, but whose bid was nearly $20,000 higher at $59,000. The other bid was for $27,470.

The council extended a moratorium on special-use and conditional permits in highway commercial districts until June 30. The council action also halted all regular permitting in HC districts.

Duluth Planning Director Cliff Cross said that city planning staff is meeting with developers to obtain input on appropriate uses for redevelopment of the Buford Highway corridor through town. The city's planning commission supported the moratorium extension.

The temporary moratorium was enacted on July 9 last year and extended to Jan. 31 and then until April 30 this year.

Mayor Nancy Harris proclaimed May 8 Duluth High School Day to recognize the 50th anniversary of Duluth at its current location on Brock Road. A "Super Reunion" is planned at 6 p.m. for all graduating classes.