Off System Safety Improvement Grant Application Process Expected to Change

June 6, 2013

The Elbert County Commission discussed another grant concerning the county’s roads during Tuesday’s work session, which is the Off System Safety Improvement Project.

That grant is 100% federally funded and can be awarded in a maximum amount of $250,000 for a county the size of Elbert.

However, with layoffs at the Georgia DOT, Thomas says that there will be a change up in the application process.

“If we apply for another grant, we will have to pay somebody to do the application process and come in and do the engineering for the road signs, striping, and those kind of things”, said Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas.

Initial cost estimates by Thomas show that would cost between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars, but he also says that some of that can be paid back with the grant funds received.

The grant is not a guaranteed one, but Thomas said he feels pretty good about the county’s chances due to its Tier 1 status.