Easley working to bring Doodle Trail into city

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Easley City Councilman Chris Mann reported that his committee has been hard at work on routes for the proposed Doodle Trail to enter city limits during Monday night’s regular council meeting.

While the city’s immediate focus is on two routes, two other routes through downtown are being considered.

Mann said he hopes to eventually have all four routes active.

Mann was excited by the interest in the project.

“I’ll tell you this,” Mann said. “This is the fastest-moving thing we have had in my 10-plus years on council.”

Mann said there will be a public meeting about the project at 11:45 a.m. April 30 at Dunburk’s in Easley. Mann said while mayor Larry Bagwell will be out of town that day, he will be present to answer any questions.

In other business, council also voted 7-0 to award a contract worth $81,000 to add permanent support bleachers to the fields at the J.B. Owens Recreation Complex. The Big League World Series is entering its 15th season at the Easley complex.

In each previous year, the city has been forced to go out and rent temporary seats for the complex.

The money would be partially funded by Little League Baseball and add 678 seats to the complex’s capacity.

Buying the new seats will cover the cost of renting them for three or four years, Bagwell said.