City to seek trail funding

Friday, June 18, 2021

LE MARS The City of Le Mars will submit an application for Iowa State Recreational Trails (SRTS) Program Funds after action by council members Tuesday, June 15.

The funding would be used for the Phase 1B section of the PlyWood Trail.

Phase 1B starts with a connection with the Le Mars Recreation Trail on the south edge of Le Mars at County Road C-38 and runs south to the north edge of Merrill, connecting with the trail just north of the West Branch of the Floyd River.

Phase 1A is planned for completion in 2021.

As the contract authority for the construction of Phase 1B, the City of Le Mars must be the applicant.

The application is due July 1, 2021, to the Iowa Department of Public Transportation, with a decision award sometime in the fall.

A 25 percent minimum match from the local agency is a requirement of the funding.

According to information provided by city officials, those local costs are to be reimbursed to the city by the Le Mars Area Betterment Foundation or the PlyWood Trail Foundation.

In the application, it is stated the PlyWood Trail is seeking $350,000 from the SRT fund.

The costs for Phase 1B is estimated at roughly $1.3 million, according to the application.

The 2.25-mile trail will be built within City of Le Mars right-of-way and Iowa DOT right-of-way.

City administrator Jason Vacura noted this was at least the third time the state grant application has been submitted. Brett Langley of McClure Engineering, agreed. McClure Engineering has been working with the PlyWood Trail Committee on the development of the 16-mile trail which will connect Le Mars and Sioux City, and passing through the towns of Merrill and Hinton.

City council member Clark Goodchild said he wanted to make sure the public knows that no property taxes are being used for the PlyWood Trail.

With no further information, the council unanimously approved the resolution to submit the application.

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