Harlem officials took another step toward establishing a city trails system.
The city council approved the Greenways Trails Connections Plan in February and voted to approve amendments to subdivision regulations associated with the trails plan at Monday’s monthly meeting.
City Administrator Jason Rizner said the amendments ensure that new developments are designed in a way that considers and allows for the trail development to possibly include access to the trails from the residential subdivisions.
“The changes should result in a greater walkability and more recreational opportunities for Harlem residents,” Rizner said.
The trail-related regulations are key as city officials work with new developments anticipated to accommodate growth at Fort Gordon, Rizner said.
The proposed trail system is 14.3 miles with access from most of the city.
Rizner said the next step is for city officials to apply for the Georgia Recreational Trails Grant, which Rizner said he anticipates to be available later this year. Grant funding would be combined with one-cent sales tax funds to complete the first portion of the trails – the Sandy Run Creek Trail. That portion of the trail is just under a mile in the southeast portion of town.
Also, city officials changed the date and place of the monthly meetings of the Harlem City Council.
Work sessions and council meetings, formerly held third Mondays at City Hall on Louisville Street, will be fourth Mondays at the Harlem Department of Public Safety building on Milledgeville Road at Louisville Street. The work sessions will start at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to immediately follow. April’s meeting will be on April 28 at the Public Safety building.