By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN The Dassel-Cokato Regional Trail Board has decided to move forward with repairs to a portion of the trail, using money that has already been collected from various entities.
The repairs would include overlay with spot repairs in the worst areas, explained Karl Townsend, Dassel Township supervisor and trail board member. To do this would cost roughly $40,000 per mile.
Townsend proposed repairing 1.5 miles from 735th Avenue (Spring Lake) to the county line this year. The total cost of this portion is estimated at $63,000.
He told the board that Dassel Township would be willing to provide $30,000 toward this portion.
“We want our section done,” he said.
The township would need help with the remaining $23,000.
Two days prior to the trail board meeting, Dassel City Council voted to spend $25,000, less the cost of the seal coating that was done two years ago, on the city’s portion.
The city of Cokato has also approved a $25,000 contribution.
Irene Bender, school board member and representative on the trail board, said the school board would be willing to contribute $25,000 to the project, but it wanted to see more of a plan in place. This would include a maintenance plan/agreement among the entities.
Mike Scanlon, chair of the trail board, will present the plan to the school board at its Thursday, May 24 meeting at 7 p.m.
If the school board approves spending $25,000, the trail board would have $100,000 to spend, not including private donations from Collinwood Township and the Just for Fun proceeds.
This would allow for one additional mile to be completed this year, which would likely be from the Cokato Town and Country Club to one mile to the west.
It was noted these were the worst areas along the trail at this time, and the remainder of the trail could be done next year.
The board also discussed whether or not to go for another Legacy grant after being informed by Rep. Dean Urdahl that a match would not be required.
It was noted that this would put the project off another year, if the grant was awarded. Deadline for this is October, 2012.
Scanlon also said that a match would make the grant more likely, and that the grant would still require the trail to be widened by 2 feet.
The board decided to wait on this decision, knowing it had some time yet before the application deadline.
A three-year schedule would also be determined for the purpose of each entity setting aside money for seal coating of the trail once repairs are made.