MOULTRIE -- The Moultrie City Council has begun the process of building an intermodal facility in Moultrie. And intermodal facility is a hub for public transportation services. It could include such issues as taxi, mass transit and bus services.

The council approved a resolution to conduct a study of the city with the help of the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT). Moultrie received a federal transit allocation of $485,888 for the facility, and $30,000 of that funding was approved to hire a consultant.

Once selected, the consultant will work with the city and the DOT to determine the best type of intermodal facility and site selection. The grand total for the study will be $37,500, which will be paid for by federal, state and local funds, costing the city only $3,750.

The plan for the intermodal facility will help to determine the needs for Moultrie, review the socio-economic characteristics, compile an analysis of existing transportation resources and prepare a financial plan. The city proposed the money for the study development will cost a total of $31,000, printing of the findings will be an additional $4,500 and travel will cost $2,000 of the $37,500 total.

The council has not discussed a potential date for the study to take place or construction plans for the facility once the study is complete. The approval of the consultant's hiring is only the initial phase for having the intermodal facility in Moultrie.

Other items approved by the council included:

- Passing the animal control agreement between the city and the Humane Society of Moultrie and Colquitt County;

- Accepting a state sponsorship agreement with the DOT for $150,000 in funds to make improvements, such as additions to Runway 22, security fencing and designs for a Runway 22 extension, at the Moultrie Municipal Airport;

- Canceling the scheduled City Council meeting on Oct. 18 because of a conflict with the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition;

- Adding $2,791.10 of SPLOST funds to the funding for R.D. Smith Youth Center and William Bryant Park renovations;

- Awarding bids for concrete replacement work and for three 150 KVA padmount transformers;

- Appointing Brenda Ellison and Tina Hickey as absentee ballot clerks, and;

- Marketing land on Spence Field formerly used as the Moultrie Gun Club skeet range for economic development use.

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