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Greenway Connector Completed – Cut the Ribbon with Us!

Project Connects Two-Mile Corridor of Bike and Pedestrian Trails and Streetscaping

Gallatin – The City of Gallatin is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 1st at 9 a.m. officially announcing completion of the Town Creek Greenway. The project achieves the long-term goal of connecting three sections of Greenways together into one unified walking trail.

“This has been a part of the plan to revitalize the city and give everyone easy access to exercise, restaurants, and enjoy downtown entertainment,” said Paige Brown, Gallatin Mayor. “It’s really exciting to add another beautiful attraction to the city that can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.”

Construction of the Town Creek Greenway corridor connects two previously completed greenway projects. The city began the project in 2004, and built a walkway from the entrance of Triple Creek Park to Barton/Perolee. The second phase was finished in 2012 and continued the pedestrian and bicycle route to Wilmore Street. The last section continues from Wilmore to a trailhead at College Street and continues to N. Water and Franklin Street. The development of the Town Creek Greenway also allowed the city to add new sidewalks, landscape islands, decorative lighting, and paving on N. Water from E. Eastland to Franklin.

Development of the greenway system was made possible through a federally-funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation where 84%, or approximately $4,620,000, was paid by state and federal grants. The city’s share was 16% or approximately $880,000.

“Transportation enhancement grants provide cities the opportunity to fund the restoration of bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping, streetscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Deputy Commissioner Toks Omishakin. “The new greenway provides bicyclists and pedestrians a safer passage for traveling along Town Creek without having to drive a car.”

City officials along with delegates from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Health will hold a ribbon cutting on June 1st at 9 a.m at the Town Creek Greenway at the corner N. Water Avenue and E. Eastland Avenue.

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Posted on: 25 May, 2016

 

Gallatin Public Works Launches “Clean Our Streams & Shorelines Event”

Volunteers Take Action to Clean, Restore and Renew Gallatin’s Streams, Parks, and Shorelines

Gallatin, TNThe City of Gallatin Public Works Department, which builds and sustains a clean, green and a more beautiful Gallatin, announced today its participation in the 2016 Great American Cleanup.

KeepGallatinBeautiful_SMThe City of Gallatin Public Works, Parks, and Engineering Departments, in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, have scheduled three volunteer events to clean shorelines and waterways, remove litter and debris, reduce waste, and improve recycling.

Entering its 18th year, the Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. Each year the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup engages more than four million volunteers and participants across the country to take action in their local communities to create positive change and lasting impact.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate National Public Works Week by teaming with both Keep America Beautiful and our citizens to keep our community vibrant,” said Public Works Superintendent Zach Wilkinson.

Great American Cleanup events taking place in Gallatin: Register by calling (615) 451-5909, or check-in as a volunteer the day of the event.

Date and Time Project Where to Meet
Tuesday, May 24 9-11:00 a.m. Lock 4 Park Take Lock 4 to Olympic Way. Turn right. Follow road to end. Pavilion on the right.
Thursday, May 26 1-3:00 p.m. Triple Creek/Town Creek Greenway (meet in 1st parking lot on Touchdown Drive)
Saturday, June 4 9:00 am – noon Lower Station Camp Creek (meet at Douglas Clark House 2115 Long Hollow Pike)

In partnership with the Great American Cleanup, event affiliates nationwide aim to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify a community. In addition, event leaders will encourage and provide the educational materials to volunteers so they can take what they learned at the event and implement an event in their own neighborhood.

Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

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Posted on: 17 May, 2016

 

Gallatin Challenges Residents to “Walk in Their Shoes” for Public Works Week

CITY OF GALLATIN CHALLENGES RESIDENTS TO “WALK IN THEIR SHOES” FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK

Social Media Videos Raise Awareness of City Maintenance Jobs

Gallatin, TNGallatin’s Public Works Department is observing National Public Works Week by releasing three short videos that put average citizens in situations where they are tasked to do the jobs of city employees. Public Works provides public services for Gallatin like trash pickup, street maintenance, recycling, and fleet and facility maintenance.

Director of Public Works, Zach Wilkinson said most people don’t fully understand everything his staff does behind the scenes. “We’re mostly known for curbside trash pickup, but our staff does a host of things that make our city a better place to live,” said Wilkinson. “It was interesting to see how quickly the volunteers in the video gained a greater appreciation for what we do.”

Lori Johnson Director of Physician Relations and Recruitment Sumner Regional Medical Center https://youtu.be/KJAsIwQztwA
Karen Mitchell Vice President for Resource Development Volunteer State Community College https://youtu.be/O1_16gbubKc
Kim Starnes Assistant Vice President Wilson Bank & Trust https://youtu.be/F6g4Fhare-o

One of the videos features Lori Johnson, Director of Physician Relations and Recruitment at Sumner Regional Medical Center. “We don’t think about when a storm comes through and we have bushes and branches and limbs all over our yard and we pile them up on the corner by the roadside and a couple of days later it’s all gone…and lots of times we don’t appreciate it, but now I do because I understand the work that goes behind it,” said Johnson.

Gallatin Public Works employs 50 professionals who are responsible for maintenance and construction of city streets, sidewalks, and drainage infrastructure. The city department also provides environmental services such as curbside trash and brush pickup, and collects recycled materials at drop-off locations. For more information on these and other city services please call (615) 451-5909 or visit their website at http://www.gallatin-tn.gov/PublicWorks/.

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Posted on: 16 May, 2016

 

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