City Council voted this week to accept the proposed “community agenda,” which is available for review and comment online . By accepting the community agenda, the city doesn’t lose its eligibility to apply for grants and loans through the state Department of Community Affairs.
The Three Rivers Regional Commission completed the plan for the city through a series of public meetings and work with a steering committee of local residents, said planning supervisor Lynne Miller.
The community agenda includes several projects for the city and other agencies involved in Hogansville to work on, including:
- Continue to improve the wastewater system;
- Eliminate housing blight and begin a citywide beautification and awards program;
- Work with organizations that could provide social service help to Hogansville residents, such as Community Action for Improvement, job seeking and training programs and other services;
- Open a public lake at the former city reservoir;
- Expand the Hogansville library or build a new one;
- Hire a “Better Hometown” coordinator again and put that person in charge of a city website;
- Continue industrial recruitment and recruitment of new businesses;
- Find a preservation architect to develop a plan for the former community building, now dilapidated, on Johnson Street;
- Develop the privately owned train depot and Grand Hotel properties;
- Continue to expand rehabbed city sidewalks and the tower trail as well as work on the former West End school;
- Find a truck bypass for tractor trailers to go around downtown; and
- Continue to promote local programs like the children’s theater, Handmade-Homegrown market, youth basketball, West Georgia Idol and the Hummingbird Festival.
Miller said the region commission also talked to local children to get their ideas for the city.
“The children want a swimming pool,” she said.
The 2010-2030 Hogansville Community Agenda, now open for comment, may be viewed at https ://sites. google .com/site/ trplanreviews /home/ hogansville -community-agenda-comprehensiveplan2010. Comments on the plan may be e-mailed to ksdutton @ threeriversrc .com or call Kim Dutton at (706) 675-6721. Copies of the plan also are available at City Hall.