By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea City Council approved a resolution of support for the submission of a Connecting Communities Grant August 20.
The Connecting Communities Grant is a Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Program that provides funding for the development of non-motorized pathways or similar projects to Washtenaw County municipalities and land holding not-for-profit institutions.
This specific resolution pertained to the Letts Creek Linear Park Project, it would provide $500,000 per year for trail construction over the next four years. In addition to the $500,000, up to $100,000 will be available for other trail necessities like planning, designing, and engineering studies.
The segment will connect the Sylvan Township Westchester Estates development to the city’s west border, which will continue to Timbertown park. Conversations with the developer of the Westchester Estates and the Sylvan Township Supervisor helped make sure the right connecting point between Sylvan and the city was chosen.
All these segments are an effort to construct a non-motorized regional path connecting the Border to Border and Iron Belle Trail systems.
On the east side, the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative offered to fund the feasibility and constriction of the section immediately to the east.
“We would anticipate the feasibility study will evaluate trail alignment options from Veterans Park heading west along Letts Creek to the eastern boundary of the industrial park,” said Susan Faulkner, Executive Director at the HWPI, in a letter to city council. “Then heading north up the utility corridor to the corner of Werkner and Sibley roads.”
HWPI will pay the cost – while allowing the city to define the exact route they want to be studied, the scope of the project, and firm they want to use to complete the project. The trail will be 10-feet wide, asphalt or concrete, and non-motorized. The study is expected to be completed within 60 days after a contract is awarded. The target date for the HWPI is to begin construction upon completion of the feasibility study is 2019.