The Canton City Council approved contracts for the Etowah River Trail extension project at Thursday’s meeting.

The council approved two contracts to Lewallen Construction Co, Inc. of Marietta for the extension of the Etowah River Park to the east of I-575 in the amount of $3.5 million.

Council also approved the awarding of the extension contract from east of I-575 to Doss Road to A1 Contracting, Inc. of Canton in the amount of $1.6 million.

The river trail extension project from Etowah River Park to the east of I-575 includes 3,200 feet of concrete trail, 725 feet of elevated concrete boardwalk, storm drainage and other features. The extension project from east of I-575 to Doss Road includes 3,700 feet of concrete trail, 250 feet of elevated concrete boardwalk, 2,800 linear feet of natural surface trails, storm drainage and a gazebo.

The council also decided to postpone requests made by Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLC regarding changes to the Great Sky master plan that would affect how more than 2,100 residences could be built.

The requests would allow for smaller lot sizes in one undeveloped tract and to subdivide one large tract into three smaller ones. The changes would designate one pod as a multi-family facility with a maximum of 823 units.

The attorney for the applicant requested that the Great Sky agenda items be tabled until February so that the newly elected council members would have more time to review the case, Billy Peppers said in an email.

Other agenda items that were approved include:

-Requests made by Shottenkirk Real Estate for the city to annex and rezone the properties at 2041 Ball Ground Highway and 120 Roland Circle from residential to general commercial. Schottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram will expand its auto dealership onto the property.

-An inmate housing agreement, electronic monitoring services for probation and a Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement.

Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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