By Kristen Miller
Karl Townsend, Dassel Township supervisor and member of the Dassel-Cokato Trail Board, has made it clear that he wants repairs on the township’s portion to begin this year.
“We are still committed for our portion,” Townsend said, following Mayor Mike Scanlon’s announcement that his council voted against committing $25,000 to trail repairs.
“Right now, Dassel is not participating,” Scanlon said, referring to the 3-2 vote against the contribution at last Monday’s Dassel City Council meeting (see council story).
Townsend made it clear that the repairs to the trail are “long overdue” and the longer they wait, the more expensive it’s going to get.
Dassel Township borders about 1.5 miles of the trail and would use its $25,000 to repair the most depreciated areas and seal coating it. It would not be a complete redo, he said, but the township would likely need extra help with the cost of it.
“It will likely cost more than we can afford,” Townsend said, who suggested the board ask the owner of Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix of Annandale to come out and walk the trail. He also wants to determine what would be the most cost-effective thing to do, that would be the longest fix.
“We can’t do a three-year solution,” he said.
“It may take a few years to get us there,” Scanlon commented, explaining the process could be done in phases, with the bad spots done first. The two worst areas noted were east of 735th Street in Dassel Township, and west of the golf course in Cokato Township.
For now, the board has decided to get an opinion and cost-estimate from Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix for repair of the worst areas along the trail.
To donate for trail repairs
Private donations are being accepted to help with repairs to the DC Regional Trail.
Donations can be sent to Dassel-Cokato Public Schools, 4852 Reardon Avenue Southwest, Suite 1700, Cokato, 55321.