MADISON — Madison County supervisors are competing for $1.7 million in federal funds to build multi-use trails here leading to Strawberry Patch Park.

Supervisors unanimously approved submitted two applications for two different projects that ultimately tie in to Strawberry Patch Park despite apprehension from some board members.

The first project runs from Sherbourne subdivision to Strawberry Patch Park along St. Augustine Road. The total expected cost of that project would be $794,000, of which the county is requesting $462,000 in grant money. The county would commit to pay $332,000 for the project.

The second project is on Old Canton Road from the west side of Calumet Drive to the park. The total cost for the project is $538,900, of which the local match would be $275,580.

Stan Wright with Neel-Schaffer Engineering said he would be surprised if the county was able to secure both grants, but in the event they did, they could always just select one to build.

“This is part of the countywide bike trail/walking trail project that was approved in 2015,” District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones said. “The cities have busy streets. We have kids on bikes on the streets of Old Canton, St. Augustine. I think this is a good thing.”

If the county were to receive money for both projects and participate in both projects, the total cost would be over $600,000. County Administrator Shelton Vance said the funding would come from the general fund.

District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen said this wasn’t something he wanted to commit the county to before eventually voting to submit the applications.

“The project is needed, no doubt, but we have roads and streets and drainage issues,” he said. “To me, I think we have more pressing issues in the county than go down this road.”

Steen asked if Madison the City was willing to participate in the cost.

Jones said they hadn’t been asked because they hadn’t submitted the applications yet.

“They want the paths,” she said.

Wright explained that although the city is the local sponsor of the project, the county is the one committing the funds.