Gov. Haslam coming to Dickson Tuesday for breakfast at Sisters, announcement of grant

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be in Dickson Tuesday for a breakfast and grant announcement, according to a statement from the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. Haslam will attend a Dutch-treat breakfast at Sisters restaurant at 207 East Ricket Street at 8 am Tuesday then will join Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial at Dickson City Hall for a grant announcement at 9:30 am. Both events are open to the public. Neither the chamber announcement or the governor’s office have released the nature of the grant announcement. Haslam is a prohibitive favorite to win the Republican primary in August and re-election to a second four-year term in November. Local officials are awaiting the announcement of plans to create a new daily bus service from Dickson to downtown Nashville. The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced in April that a $294,000 Multimodal Access Fund Grant has been approved for improvements to the intersection of Highway 46 and Pomona Road, including the construction of a Park and Ride facility to improve access to mass transportation. Rial and Dickson Mayor Don Weiss Jr. both confirmed Monday that the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee has proposed a three-year plan to create a new commuter bus route. Information presented to the Dickson City Council also indicates a $416,654 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant has been approved to fund four daily bus trips over the next three years. The grant to build the Park and Ride facility will require a $14,700 local match split between the county and city. The grant for the bus service will require a three-year local match of $78,583 from both the city and county as well as funds from TDOT and Davidson County. The Dickson City Council took measures to amend its 2014-15 budget Monday night to add its $32,353 first-year share for both grants. The county’s match was not included in the budget approved by the county commission Monday night. The RTA has not announced when the bus service will begin or what the schedule will be and the location of the Park and Ride facility has not been announced. Rial and Weiss are both board members for the RTA and Dickson Councilman Scott England is the governor’s appointee for Dickson County on the regional board representing nine Middle Tennessee counties. Dickson officials also are awaiting an announcement on the city’s application for grant funds for phase IV of the downtown revitalization project. Haslam came to Dickson in late July 2012 to announce the $627,783 TDOT grant for phase II of the project. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer came in early September to announce the $595,461 grant for phase III. Work is currently ongoing on phase II and designs for phase III are being developed while the city applied in February for a fourth grant.