Nelson citizen, Mike Haviland, gave a public presentation to the Pickens County Board of Commissioners during Thursday’s ‘working’ meeting to request that the county oversee and help fund a sidewalk project within the city. Haviland, who formerly served as Nelson’s mayor, told the board that the sidewalk was “fundamentally a safety issue.”
A request for 60 percent of the project funding from the county would be matched by 40 percent from the City of Nelson and the housing authority.
Commission Chairman, Robert Jones, called the sidewalk a “winter project,” given the immediate need to address more serious road repairs throughout the county.
Haviland stated that the project is estimated to cost approximately $75,000, but added that the cost is a “moving target” since he understood that the price of concrete is expected to rise.
The project is the first to be considered for funding since the approval of SPLOST funds by county voters.
Chairman Jones publically thanked county residents for that vote at the beginning of the meeting.
He also added that construction of the county courthouse was paid off on June 1 (2014) “1.3 million dollars under budget.”