Hogansville approves grant submission for ATV trail

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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HOGANSVILLE — ATV and dirt bike riders in the area may soon have a place to properly burn rubber.

During its Tuesday meeting, the Hogansville City Council adopted a resolution to submit a $1 million grant to the Georgia Recreational Trail program for a proposed ATV/dirt bike trail.

Hogansville is proposing a combined ATV/dirt bike trail that would be located on the City’s 157-acre former inert landfill site in northeast Hogansville, which is directly behind the police department and public works building on Lincoln Street, said City Manager Jonathan Lynn. Twelve to fifteen miles of looped trails are considered ideal by the grant program, according to documents from the city of Hogansville.

With the resolution in place, the council will hold a public input session at a later date.

Design elements for the trail are not yet finalized, Lynn noted, but will be included in the second phase of the project following public input.

The city would have to match the grant by 20%, or $250,000, as stated in city documents.

The city’s SPLOST would provide the required match.

City documents state that in the event that the city’s application is recommended for funding by the DNR, the city certified that it has the ability and intention to finance 100% of the total project cost and be reimbursed for 80% of eligible costs, up to $1 million, by the Department of Natural Resources.

Grant applications are due Oct. 31.

In other business at the meeting:

A public hearing was held at the start of the meeting to hear citizen comments on the millage rate, which, at 7.95 mils, has been the same for at least 19 years, said City Manager Jonathan Lynn. There were no citizen comments, and the public hearing was closed.

The council read and adopted ordinances for the annexation and zoning for the Bass Cross Road project, as well as the zoning map amendment.

The property will be used to build apartments on Bass Cross Road and townhomes on William Street and Jones Crossing in relation to a housing expansion in the city.

Lynn updated council on a tree removal project planned that is adjacent to Lofton Park.

One tree will be removed at the cost of $3,000 due to it being a safety concern in the surrounding area, he said.