During Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Grady County Commission unanimously agreed to appropriate funds for the Tired Creek Lake Authority’s use in fulfilling contracts with Wooden & Partners Inc. and Applied Technology & Management (ATM).
The commission has expressed interest in providing the public with Tired Creek amenities such as rest rooms, parking lots, boat ramps, etc.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar is working to secure grants for the funding of various aspects of the project. The first step is to hire someone to put together a plan so the funding entities will know what to consider.
According to Tobar, the specifications must be at the 30 percent level for grant applications.
The broad master plan of amenities includes at least four boat launching opportunities, including one having a multi-lane ramp.
Travis Bryant, the Tired Creek Lake Authority chairman, presented the information to the commissioners.
“At this stage of the game, you all are not committed to build anything,” said Bryant. “We have to get a plan put together that would take this project to where we are today to 30 percent finished. It would be a conceptual plan of what it’s going to look like. Then we can present to the funding entity”
The Lake Authority asked ATM and Wood & Partners,Inc. for a cost estimate to get them to the 30 percent completion.
Bryant said, “The estimate is roughly $250,000 — half of where we need to be.”
Grant deadlines are not far away.
“These funds need to be approved quickly. We need to get this ball rolling,” said Bryant.
Tobar added, “Time is of the essence. With grant applications being due soon, it gives the team less than two months to get the design together.”
County Attorney Kevin Cauley encouraged the commissioners to approve the funds since these are things that must be done for the public to access the lake.
He said, “The authority has put a lot of thought into it. I encourage the board to approve the full amount. We are going to have to do these things. These are things that have to be in place for the community to access the lake.”
T.D. David expressed his concern of spending money the county does not yet have.
“It goes against our very nature to spend money before we have it, so this is all in the spirit of planning. We are approving the plan that concur these costs,” he said. “However, this is not any final obligations.”
Bryant explained that the county would be approving the authority to spend the money as it sees fit with the first step of it being to work with ATM and Wood & Partners Inc. on developing a plan to get the project to 30 percent.
A motion to appropriate funds as necessary for the authority’s use in fulfilling contracts with ATM and Wood & Partners Inc. as presented to the commissioners was given.
Commissioner Elwyn Childs made the motion and Commissioner LaFaye Copeland seconded it. It was unanimously approved by the commissioners.
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