Canton is past the midway point for completing the Water Pollution Control Plant at Boling Park, which will increase daily sewage treatment capacity by 3 million gallons, allowing for further development and better sustainability practices.
The Old Ball Ground Sewer Line Expansion Phase 2 and Westward Etowah River Trail Connection Project are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. We are currently working on the trail connector between Heritage and Boling Parks.
The downtown Canton parking deck contractors have completed site work and are finishing mechanicals. The last phase is the installation of a solar array. We anticipate vehicles using the deck in early September.
In July, the City awarded a contract for $4.3 million in upgrades and improvements for Harmon Park in the Sunnyside community. This project includes a mini-pitch soccer field, new basketball court, new pavilion, river trail, additional parking, sidewalk expansions, and renovation of the existing baseball fencing.
The City has awarded contracts for Heritage Park playground equipment and restrooms, which will be completed by the end of 2022. Acreage was purchased in south Canton between Pinecrest Drive, Ivey Drive, and Marietta Highway for a future park – the first in the southside!
Over the summer, the Georgia Municipal Association provided mandatory diversity and inclusion training for all Canton staff members.
Canton has agreed to provide a loan of $2.8 million to the Canton Housing Authority (CHA) to assist in its application for the replacement of housing at Shipp Street and Jefferson Circle. These units haven't been updated in decades.
The City rezoned property at Laurel Canyon Village for residential use and is working with Lew Oliver designs on a housing product that provides affordable owner-occupied units that may be replicated on similar size lots in Canton.
City staff is working with consultants on energy audits, and we are hopeful to become an Atlanta Regional Commission Green City soon. Additionally, the City received 1.5 gallons of honey from the Etowah Beekeepers in exchange for hive space rent at Ridge Road. Canton also aims to become a Bee City.
Planning work continues on capacity expansions of State Route 140 in north Canton, a Citywide Transportation Master Plan, a new Public Arts Master Plan, and a West Main Street Pedestrian Corridor Plan.
A new traffic signal and turn lanes in front of Teasley MS on Reservoir Drive will be completed soon.
Canton Tourism authorized funds for Tempest to create a new destination marketing website.
A grant, which is pending final approval from the Appalachian Regional Commission, is expected to fund a new pedestrian bridge and put in/take out connecting the Westward Etowah River Trail Connector back to an area near The Mill on Etowah.
The City has enjoyed a fantastic event season with First Fridays, Farmers Markets, River Rock Summer Concert Series, and activities at the Canton Theatre. We look forward to more events this fall, including the return of our Multicultural Festival at Etowah River Park on September 10.