Grayson takes aim at grant for streetscape

GRAYSON — The Grayson City Council set into motion Monday night plans to obtain a Streetscape Project transportation grant, which would provide the city with new streetlights, sidewalks and park benches.

At its regular council meeting, the panel agreed to execute a Real Property Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the federal/state funded grant, which, according to City Planner Steve Sappington, will take about a year to receive.

Mayor Jim Hinkle said the city would start off using its own money for the planning stages of the project, which includes streetlights in front of City Hall, and on Rosebud Road and Ga. Highway 20; extending the sidewalk on Pinegrove Road and other streets; and placing park benches around the city. Five-foot construction and maintenance easements will be used to obtain land for the sidewalks, Sappington said.

The project also will include a park complete with a clock tower at the corner of Rosebud Road and Ga. Highway 20.

In other business, the council:

• Agreed to pursue at least two proposals for a new or upgraded city website.

• Heard from Sappington that the GDOT Gateway grant that would provide trees for medians in the city has been put on hold.

• Announced that the grand marshals for Grayson Day on April 30 will be the seven principals of Grayson’s schools. Motto for the event is “Building for the Future.”