Ring­gold and Fort Oglethorpe eye Lo­cal Main­te­nance Im­prove­ment Grants for road projects and cre­ate lists of pri­or­i­ties.

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook [email protected]

The cities of Ring­gold and Fort Oglethorpe re­cently ap­plied for grants through the Geor­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion to help fund road resur­fac­ing projects in 2019.

Dur­ing their last City Coun­cil meet­ings of the year, both mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ap­proved ap­ply­ing for LMIGS (Lo­cal Main­te­nance Im­prove­ment Grants), which in­volve a pro­posal of the projects the money will be used for.

Fort Oglethorpe City Man­ager Jen­nifer PayneSimp­kins says the city could re­ceive around $100,000 for projects via the an­nual grant.

“Each year the city re­ceives about $100,000 for lo­cal main­te­nance im­prove­ment projects on lo­cal roads and the fund­ing is based on to­tal road­way miles in Fort Oglethorpe,” PayneSimp­kins said. “In 2019, we’re sub­mit­ting three projects to­tal­ing $219,399.”

As for Ring­gold, the city pri­or­i­tized a list of five roads that it wants to resur­face in 2019, and sub­mit­ted four for those in its ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ring­gold City Man­ager Dan Wright says that Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Mike Ca­gle sub­mit­ted his rec­om­men­da­tion for work to be done on Cir­cle Drive, Lodge­stone Drive, Clark Cir­cle, Westview Drive, and Em­ber­son Drive.

“That’s by go­ing through and do­ing an as­sess­ment of the city streets,” Wright ex­plained. “The to­tal of those five streets is $188,933. If you take the LMIG money that we ex­pect to get, $46,156.82, it leaves you $142,776.18. We have bud­geted $140,000 in the bud­get that was ap­proved at the last coun­cil meet­ing for street im­prove­ments, so that would leave us with about $2,700, a lit­tle less than $2,800 in or­der to do all five streets.”

Af­ter crunch­ing those num­bers, the board ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tion with the ad­just­ment that the top four streets would be sub­mit­ted, and that the fifth, Em­ber­son Drive, be ad­dressed when the projects are put out to bid.

/ Adam Cook

Ring­gold City Man­ager Dan Wright (right) dis­cusses road projects with the City Coun­cil dur­ing a Dec. 10 meet­ing.

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