D.E. "Buster" Brown

D.E. "Buster" Brown

Catoosa County's commissioners approved a grant application Tuesday night, Nov. 21, that will secure nearly $730,000 in funding for road projects.

The grant, a Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG) through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), will be a 70/30-percent split, with the county responsible for about $219,000.

Catoosa County Public Works Director D.E. "Buster" Brown discussed the grant with commissioners during the Nov. 21 meeting and explained that the grant has gotten bigger over each of the past three years.

"We've been fortunate that the grant has increase over the past couple of years," Brown said. "A couple of years ago it was half-a-million dollars and then last year it was $600,000 or so."

The official numbers this year will involve a grant total of $729,981, with the county's 30-percent investment being $218,994, which Commissioner Jim Cutler said was a pretty worthwhile deal.

"So the state will give us $729,981 and all we have to do is spend 30-percent to match, which would be $218,994, and this will go to improve local county roads?" Cutler asked.

"Correct," Brown replied.

"I think it's a pretty good grant," Cutler added.

During the previous commission meeting on Nov. 7, Chairman Steven Henry said the county has a priority list of roads that need significant work. He said they would be addressed depending on condition.

In addition to commending Brown for his diligence in working on the grant, he also took the time to thank him and his department for recent work on Pine Grove Road over the weekend.

"Thank you for the work your guys did on Pine Grove Road. You worked a lot of long hours," Henry said.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.