County Scores Well on Trail Application

By: Benjamin J. Gohs, Associate Editor
bgohs@boynegazette.com
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Officials say Charlevoix County has scored well on its application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund for $300,000 to help fund the proposed Boyne City to U.S. 31 non-motorized trail.[private]

And, officials have until Oct. 3, to re-submit the application to the DNR with two pieces of supplemental information that will only raise the score further.  “We got pretty good points,” said Charlevoix County Parks and Recreation Director Ross Maxwell. “We need documentation and information on persons with disability so I’ll probably go to Challenge Mountain and chat with those guys. And, they (state) want documentation on the private cash donations of $44,312, so I’m working on that.”

He added, “Other than that, it looks pretty good actually.”  Charlevoix’s application is one of 145 which have been submitted to the state for projects this year.  “Dec. 1, the trust fund board makes the final funding decision and then the legislature approves appropriations,” Maxwell said. “The applications are ranked according to final scores.”

The county received maximum allowable points in categories including public support, site and project quality and use of environmentally-friendly products.  The county received a score of 340 out of a total possible points of 520.  The second major source of funding for the proposed trail could come from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Act.  “We haven’t gotten anything back from those guys yet,” Maxwell said. “If all this went according to plan it would be spring of 2013, before construction began.”[/private]

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