No Funding Approved For Trion River Levee Project PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:33
Staff Writer
Trion will likely have to wait another year before state funding will become available for a flood control project on the Chattooga River.
Earlier this year local officials seemed confident that the new state budget would include money for the project, which includes the construction of an earthen levee to protect the town, concrete levees on the Mount Vernon Mills side of the river and improvements to the existing levees along First Street. 
However, the project in at Trion was superseded by a dam project in another county, according to County Commissioner Jason Winters.
“We finished second,” said Winters. “I’m disappointed but I’ve talked to Sen. (Jeff) Mullis and he believes that we will be at the top of the list next year.”
Mullis told The News on Monday that he still hoped that some money could become available for the project this year, if the other project isn’t ready to get started.
“That would be nice but even if it doesn’t happen, the project at Trion should be the number one project next year.”
Mullis said state funds for projects like this come from the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He said many communities target the funds.
“When deciding who gets the funds the state looks at the severity of the problems,” said Mullis. “Gov. Deal has been up here and he’s seen what we are facing in Trion. That’s a good thing. He knows there’s a real need.”
“There’s a lot of bureaucracy involved here, but I’m going to stay involved,” Mullis said. “It’s a priority.”
Trion Mayor Larry Stansell was out of town this week.
Earlier this year he told The News he was “very pleased” with the results of a flood control study commissioned by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The study recommended the series of improvements which now needs funding.
Commissioner Winters said he believes the county will benefit from Department of Transportation funding this year, in particular for a proposed new road linking U.S. Hwy. 27 and Ga. Hwy 48. The project is designed to funnel big trucks away from downtown, making it easier for them to reach plants on Ga. Hwy. 100 and to connect with Menlo Highway (Ga. Hwy. 48).
“I’m still waiting to hear from DOT but they are committed to this project,” said Winters. “They still have to choose the final engineering plans. After that there should be some dollars available to start buying right-of-way.”

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