No grant for bike trail extension

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Staff Writer
Ken Francis
The City of Clearwater was not awarded state funding to cover a portion of the bike trail extension that is under construction along Co. Rd. 75.
June 30, the city received a letter from Traci Vibo, trail grant coordinator with the Minnesota Division of Parks and Trails, stating the city’s extension of the River Country Bike Trail was not approved for a grant.
The letter said there were 26 applications received for trail grants, with requests totalling over $3.98 million. There was $1 million available for trail grant allocations.
At the July 7 city council meeting, Mayor Pete Edmonson said he had a call in to Vibo to find out how the Clearwater project scored in relation to other projects and how high on the list it was for receiving funding.
In March, the council voted to use sales tax money to fund the 1,000 foot long project between Manor Drive and Main Street. 
The actual bid price was $36,777.56 by Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix, which the council awarded in June. It was more than $10,000 higher than the engineer’s estimate of $26,100.
The cost to run the trail to city boundaries, or about 2,000 feet, was about $68,000. The grant would have covered 75% of that amount.
 

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MEMBERS OF THE BIG LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR performed for the school board at the beginning of their last meeting. The Chamber Choir members are selected for their skills from among their peers. They were directed by Mary Ebanks. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

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