Throughout the year, the City of Hickory has worked with Alta Planning + Design to develop a comprehensive Pedestrian + Bicycle Plan. Tuesday evening (December 15), that plan was presented to the Hickory City Council.
After reviewing existing conditions for biking and walking throughout the city and receiving public input from community members and stakeholder agencies and organizations, the project team developed recommendations for a network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including bike lanes, sidewalks, crossing improvements and greenways.
The report identifies 12 priority projects and will provide a roadmap for further enhancing the community, promoting public and economic health, and improving transportation opportunities. It will also assist with securing future federal and state funding opportunities for biking and pedestrian projects.
Following the presentation, City Council approved adoption of the Hickory Pedestrian + Bicycle Plan. The plan is now available for review on the City’s website, HickoryNC.gov.
City Council also held its regular meeting Tuesday evening, where the minutes, second readings and consent agenda were all approved. The meeting included four public hearings held, including one regarding the City’s second allocation of CDBG-CV funds through the CARES Act. Community Development Manager Karen Dickerson shared that the City of Hickory will receive an additional $274,226 of CDBG-CV funds to be used directly in response to the coronavirus.
A previous allocation of funds was used to establish a partnership program with Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry to assist residents negatively impacted by the pandemic with emergency payments for water and sewer bills.
The plan is to expand this program to also provide assistance with rental/mortgage payments, as well as power and gas bills. City Council approved the amended Community Development Block Grant 2019 Annual Action Plan to include the new allocation of funds.
If you or someone you know needs financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic, please contact the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry at 828-327-0979.[Information courtesy of Sarah Killian, Communications Specialist with the City of Hickory]