Bostwick gets $96,000 surprise
DOT reinstates TE grant, work on Fairplay Street to begin
By Patrick Yost
The Bostwick City Council Monday received a $96,000 surprise by Bostwick Mayor John Bostwick.
Bostwick reported that a Georgia Department of Transportation Traffic Enhancement Grant (TE) had been reinstated.
The $96,000 grant will fund construction of a concrete sidewalk the length of Fairplay Street. At previous council meetings, Bostwick reported that, in large part because of the recent upheaval in the Georgia Department of Transportation, the city’s already approved TE grant had been placed on indefinite hold. Bostwick told the council that several attempts by himself and engineering consultants working for the city had failed to ascertain reasons for denial of the grant’s funds.
However, the city will now put the project to bid, and work on the sidewalks should begin by August, he said.
The city also approved the expenditure of $4,200 from the city’s general fund to construct three traffic control devices. Two will be placed on Fairplay Street and a third will be placed on Malcom Road. The devices will be patterned after speed control devices currently employed in the City of Madison and will measure 10’ by 10.’
Bostwick also reported that a $26,000 water filter attached to the city’s water system was now functioning. The filter will remove excess iron and manganese from the city’s water system.
Bostwick said the city had witheld payment for the filter until it could verify it was working. “It’s doing an excellent job...” he said.