December 12-- Sidewalks has been an issue for the City of Vidalia for some time now and finding a way to pay for them has been the biggest issue. Well the City of Vidalia just received a big Christmas gift in the form of a TAP Grant for $1,000,000.
Vidalia City Manager Nick Overstreet explained the grant on this week’s Vidalia Today radio show. “Back in January I first approached the council about a new concept that the Department of Transportation was coming out with called a TAP Grant. Out of our Heart of Georgia Altamaha Region, we were the only one to submit an application. The application is for installing sidewalks from Sally Meadows School all through Fifth and Third street area out to Highway 280, over to Green Street. The long and short of it is the City of Vidalia is receiving the grant for $1,000,000 with our portion being $200,000,” said Overstreet.
Overstreet added, “Every time I take my kids to Sally D. Meadows to school I see kids are walking in the street.” So why put the sidewalks there? Why not over here? Vidalia Finance Director Bill Bedingfield said, “You have to meet the criteria. The area has to meet a certain criteria. Getting those grants, you have to meet that. You can’t just say we’re going to put sidewalks out here in front of the radio station.”
Overstreet added, “But if you don’t apply, guess what, somebody else is going to get that money.”