September 29, 2010 —
Behind the scenes, progress is being made on the Findlay Trail, the non-motorized path between Maple Grove Avenue and the Industrial Park.
City Manager Steve Hartsel said that the city has received a grant from Consumer’s Energy to plant trees on the east end of the trail, which is essentially treeless.
The city is stockpiling millings from the current street project; part of them will be used to complete the base course of the trail; Hartsel said that the rest of the millings will be retained for other projects.
Hartsel said that the city is still waiting to hear on the grant for placing a timber walkway bridge over the drain west of Mackenzie Street. He emphasized that this bridge funding won’t come from local funds, but from a federal Congestion/Mitigation/Air Quality grant of approximately $100,000.
Hartsel said that the grant has been approved at the county and state level, but that federal action has been delayed for administrative reasons not related to the grant. “This is money that will be coming to Lenawee County,” he said. “Usually the funds go to Adrian, but this time it’s our turn for a piece of the pie.”
If the funding is received, the city hopes to have the bridge in place next summer.