Monday night the Council approved a resolution encumbering $45,200 as a partial local match for the City’s grant application to INDOT for the transportation enhancement program.
Phase II will begin at where the current trail ends at the front of the Coffee Lodge on East Jefferson Street. The trail will cross Jefferson Street with a marked surface crosswalk including handicap ramp. The trail will continue down Cleveland Street toward the south toward the river following it through Gill Park with a new pedestrian bridge over the river and to Garro Street.
Brent Martin told the Council that the entire project is $476,000 including costs for design. He explained that the bridge will be a major cost at approximately $200,000. He also commented that all of the ground needed for the trail already belongs to the city.
Mayor Mark Senter said that in 2008 they applied for $1.1 million for phase two although only $995,000 was available for all entities in the LaPorte District. He continued, “The amount available is the same so the project has been scaled back hoping to be more successful in being awarded a grant.”
During the March 7th meeting of the Park Board they adopted a resolution to encumber $50,000 from the Non-Reverting Capital Fund and the Greenway Trail Project Fund to meet the local match requirement.
The grant application was prepared with the assistance of Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Director Jennifer Laurent and local architect Brent Martin. The grant will be forwarded on the MACOG later this week for review prior to submitting it to INDOT.
Photo: B.A. Martin presenting proposed trial to Park Board.