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March 19, 2013

Live Healthy Baldwin initatives see progress

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

“There will be about 20 beds, a picnic shelter, some fruit trees and bushes, and about two thirds of a mile of walking track around the perimeter of the facility,” Lidstone. “We will be starting work next Saturday to start building raised beds and staking out the trail. It might take a few months, but we hope to get some stuff planted within the next four to six weeks.”

Evergreen Baptist Church is also slated to finally install a community garden at its location on Ivey Weaver Road.

“The church has to get final approval, but I think that will happen at the meeting [Monday night]. They are going back and forth with proposals, but one of the questions is where will the community garden go,” Lidstone said. “The church was one of the first to come forward when we decided to have a community garden initially, but we ended up choosing [the former Southside Elementary School] location.”

To move toward becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community, Eric Broadwell, of the Be Bike Friendly consulting firm, provided feedback and recommendations after assessing the community’s ability to attain the designation in January.

“He provided us with an extensive report with recommendations to move ahead. The first step is to form a bicycle advisory committee that would report to city council,” Lidstone said. “The Complete Streets ordinance has been read into record for the first time at city council last Tuesday. In two weeks, they will have a second reading, then the public has an opportunity to comment, and then they will make their final vote on it two weeks after that. If the ordinance is passed, that means the city is committing itself to use Complete Streets standards on all road renovations and construction.”

Implementing benefits to shoppers of the farmers markets in Milledgeville is another Live Healthy Baldwin goal that has been achieved.

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