PLEASANT VIEW -- With a $56,000 RAMP grant and $74,000 in capital improvement project funds, the city is gearing up to get rolling on creating a nearly mile-long walking path along Pleasant View Drive.
Mayor Doug Clifford has suggested the walking path be called Mae's Way after Councilwoman Mae Ferguson, who has been instrumental in pushing for creation of the walking path.
Councilman Michael Humphreys suggested the city bag the idea of trees along the path for now because, he said, the cost of watering could be expensive.
"If you decide to take the trees out of the project, we need to revise our donation program," said City Administrator J.J. Allen, "Until now it was predicated on donating benches or trees."
"I have nothing against trees," said Humphreys, "I just hate to see the extra cost of taking care of them and losing some."
Allen said the grant application had included the trees along the path. He also said city staff has said it will only take about two hours a week to water the trees, possibly from a truck.
"I think it's a major component of the grant," said Clifford, "It's a sidewalk if you don't have trees."
Humphreys said if there will be trees along the path, the city needs to find a good method to keep them watered, because five gallons of water thrown on them will not do the job. He said they will require a good soaking.
Allen said the Pine View water system does not currently have a line running along Pleasant View Drive. He suggested the city could connect a line and run it along Pleasant View Drive.
Following the discussion, council members voted unanimously to approve the RAMP grant agreement and awarded a contract to P.R. Paving to pave the walkway for $88,789, which would include $12,500 for an irrigation system.
Ferguson was not at the meeting because of illness, and so did not vote.