A wide swath of concrete is going in alongside sections of Highway 211, and once completed, the LifePath will be providing safe, multimodal connectivity for the area. The multi-use path has been the focus of the Braselton Community Improvement District (CID) and activity is now taking place.
Workers from ICS, the construction contractor on the LifePath, have been at work on the phase of the project which is bringing a wide path from the entry of The Falls of Braselton, around the corner at Highway 211, in front of Liberty Village where S&S Ace Hardware is located, and in front of another section of The Falls.
Windstream was to have began work Nov. 5 on relocation of utility poles in the Lifepath’s expanded stretch, said Guy Herring of McFarland-Dyer & Associates. Herring assists in administration of the CID’s operations.
Herring reminded the Lifepath is being constructed in phases, with permitting and then construction taking place with the Georgia Department of Transportation’s approval and as easements are obtained. The CID is currently permitted to take the project to Independence Bank. When the Highway 347 project is undertaken by GDOT, the LifePath will extend to Al’s Tavern at the new crossroads that will be constructed. The next phase will be from Woodlands to Deaton Creek.
Ultimately, the path system will stretch along Highway 211 and Highway 347 and Thompson Mill Road to connect The Village at Deaton Creek and Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s River Place to Chateau Elan, Mulberry Walk and the Town of Braselton River Walk.
At Monday’s meeting, authorization was provided to pay ISC $34,735.50 toward work already completed. Anticipated cost of the project is $347,000, and the Town of Braselton, through an intergovernmental agreement, will be providing $128,000 toward phase one expenses and $140,000 toward phase two. The funds are Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenues from Gwinnett County and are being used on the project in Gwinnett County for the benefit of Braselton and Gwinnett residents.
The intergovernmental agreement, which was approved by the Braselton Town Council two months earlier, got the nod from the CID board.
“This is the perfect place to spend the [Gwinnett SPLOST] money,” said member Peggy Slappey.
The CID will submit invoices to the Town of Braselton and the town will provide a check to the CID for payment of the contractor. In effect, the town will be drawing down SPLOST dollars as the town serves as a funding agency for the project.
“The town supports our efforts,” said CID chairman Scott Snedecor.
The CID also authorized payment of invoices from McFarland Dyer for administrative services, engineering and surveying in the amount of $11,801.81 for September and October.
Herring noted that lighting should be a consideration of the board as the LifePath extension will have some area between Mulberry Walk and Liberty Village which will not be lit. New development at front of the Liberty Village is prompting installation of additional poles for lighting there but Herring said three additional poles along the LifePath would help provide the lighting needed to make use of the LifePath safer even after darkness falls.
Snedecor said he has seen usage of the existing sidewalk pick up and he expects more people to utilize the LifePath once it is completed in this phase.
Mary Neuman said lighting the path seems the best way to make the LifePath safe to use.
The board agreed to pay $2,500 per pole plus installation for the three needed light poles. The order will be made at the same time the lights are ordered for Snedecor’s project to save money on shipping costs. The Town of Braselton will then assume the expense of operation.
On Monday, the board convened into executive session related to acquisition of property but no action was taken when the board returned to regular session.
Terry Evans and Mary Neuman are the newest members elected to the board of directors of the Braselton LifePath Community Improvement District.
Evans, a career banker, is president and CEO of Independence Bank in Braselton. He earned a BBA in banking and finance at the University of Georgia and graduated from the School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Formerly with the Citizens Bank of Gwinnett and the First National Bank of Gwinnett, he was an organizer and is the president of Independence Bank. He is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.
Neuman’s corporate career includes professional responsibilities in risk management, financial systems, private consulting and is a principal partner in the Mulberry Walk Center of Braselton. She earned degrees from DeKalb Technical College and Georgia State University.
Braselton LifePath CID was chartered by the General Assembly and is governed by a volunteer board. Its principal mission is to design and construct safe and convenient pathways connecting neighborhoods to local commercial districts in western Braselton.
Serving on the CID board is Scott Snedecor, Terry Evans, Phil Christian, Denzel Wasson, Peggy Slappey, Jennifer Dees and Mary Neuman.