Conservation board to apply for $100K trails grant

Funding would add to $100K commitment from board to Pollmiller Park trails rehab


LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Conservation Board has approved applying for a $100,000 trails grant to help with the costs of reconstructing the Pollmiller Park trail.

The board has already committed $100,000 split between funds from the district’s REAP account and the district’s trust fund.

The $100,000 grant, if approved through the Department of Transportation’s’ State Recreational Trails Program, would be used to replace the walking trail through Pollmiller Park in West Point.

The West Point Community Club has also been involved with the project and recommended a complete concrete overhaul of the trail rather than milling the current trail.

The concrete option carries a heftier price tag at a cost of approximately $420,000,and would expand the width of the trail to 10 feet to be ADA compliant.

“This is just simply saying your are supportive of filing an application for the Pollmiller Trail project. We will be requesting $100,000 from the trails grant,” Unsworth said.

Board member Tom Pollpeter asked what the timeline on the grant would be.

“We could know this month potentially,” Unsworth said. “I think it’s a pretty quick turnaround.”

The board approved applying for the grant funding with a unanimous 5-0 vote at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

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