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Transportation grant and lost revenues discussed by city council
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At a recent meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, council members voted to apply for a grant with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for several alternative transportation projects in the city. 

According to a presentation by Dawsonville City Manager Bob Bolz, the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant would involve matching funding from the city and GDOT and could fund six different “transportation alternative” projects like sidewalks, crosswalks and connective pathways in the city. 

“I talked with GDOT today and they think we have some projects that qualify,” Bolz said during the meeting on Monday, May 4.

Projects could include upgraded pedestrian crossings in areas of the city with recent repaving, “connectivity between the farmer’s market, city hall and Main Street Park”, sidewalks on perimeter road in front of Robinson Elementary School and several other projects, Bolz said.

“We want to propose all six to GDOT and get some guidance on which ones they think will have the best opportunity for consideration and passing,” he said. 

The total cost for the projects ranges from less than $100,000 to over $500,000 but could be matched by the city’s SPLOST funding, according to Bolz. 

“This is a good grant but I think we need to make sure that the funding’s correct,” Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason said following Bolz’s presentation. 

After a short discussion, council members unanimously agreed to apply for the grant. 

City tallying lost revenues due to COVID-19 

In a short presentation to the board, Dawsonville Finance Administrator Hayden Wiggins told council members that they estimate that LOST revenues will be approximately 25% ($250,000) less than projected, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wiggins said that the board would be presented the budget at their next city council meeting.

Following the meeting, Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason said that despite the estimated losses, the city is in good shape and local residents should not be affected.

“We’re in good shape, we’re not worried,” Eason said. 

Eason said that even if losses are as estimated, it will not result in layoffs of city employees or a reduction of service to average citizens.