A bike trail and sidewalk along Sea Island Road in the works since 2013 could be one step closer to fruition after the Glynn County Finance Committee’s Tuesday meeting.
Glynn County Public Works proposed using the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program grant to pay for the project. The grant is awarded in chunks no smaller than $1 million and only goes to communities of fewer than 200,000 people. A local match of 20 percent of the grant amount is also required.
Monica Hardin, county grant writer, said plans for the project go back to 2013. A study found it would cost around $2.7 million to run the 2.2-mile trail from Demere Road to Frederica Road, she said.
If the grant is awarded, the county would have five years to complete the sidewalk, Hardin said.
As the county doesn’t have the money in its budget to cover the 20 percent local match, Hardin said it would have to come from philanthropic groups or other organizations or individuals who want to help fund it.
Committee member Richard Strickland said he remembered the first time the trail came up. The county didn’t have the funds to cover it at the time, he said.
Committee members voted 3-0 to recommend the Glynn County Commission approve the proposal.
The committee also discussed reducing the scope of a proposed St. Simons Island Demere Park pavilion project. The county had $110,000 set aside for the project, but all the bids came in at around $300,000, said David DeLoach, Public Works’ field engineering division manager.
The pavilion and bathrooms need upgrades to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other things.
In other business, the committee recommended the county commission accept grants for the Marshes of Glynn Libraries and the Glynn County Superior Court Drug Court program.
It also recommended the county spend $660,000 on renewing its property and liability insurance, a 7 percent increase from last year, among other things.
The next scheduled meeting of the Glynn County Finance Committee is at 2 p.m. July 24 in the Harold Pate Building, 1725 Reynolds St. in Brunswick.