The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved an additional $1.5 million in funding for AECOM, a firm contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, to complete an environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.
The board also earmarked $150,000 for a study to determine if the northern long-eared bat, listed as an endangered species, has habitat in the project area.
Finally, the board approved an extension of a consulting agreement with Joe Tanner & Associates for an additional $140,000.
The currently adjusted timeline now schedules a draft EIS for release in July or August, with a 45-day public comment period to follow.
A final EIS will come in March 2016, with a decision from the Corps of Engineers on whether the reservoir can be constructed scheduled for May or June of next year.
Funded through special purpose local option sales tax revenues, these additional payments will drive the cost of the proposed reservoir to nearly $17 million so far.
The total projected cost for the reservoir is about $130 million.