S. Gum sidewalks to become reality

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Summerville is planning to move forward with building sidewalks on S. Gum Street, after recent approval from the Town Public Works Committee and Finance Committee.

Town Engineer Russ Cornette brought the project to the attention of the Public Works Committee at its meeting last week. S. Gum Street was recently identified as an area to receive a sidewalk after homeowners petitioned Council for safety improvements in the area last year.

The sidewalk would be constructed on S. Gum Street between its intersections with E. Richardson Avenue E. 6th South Street.

This fiscal year the Town has $200,000 of Hospitality/Accommodations Tax funds budgeted for sidewalk improvements throughout town.

According to Cornette, there is also an additional $83,192 available in Low to Moderate Incoming (LMI) funds from a federal Community Development Block Grant.

He said after the 2010 census, LMI lines were redrawn and a portion of the roadway falls in the district, making the funds eligible to be used on the sidewalk project.

The Town plans to use the grant money to construct as much of the sidewalk as federally allowed before tapping into general fund money allocated for the improvements.

The committee voted to recommend moving forward with the project. The Town Finance Committee approved the funds to be used for the project at its meeting Monday morning.

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