2017-03-16 / News

Paths group prepares for poster contest

Gale Rd. tree work, other preparations proceed
By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

ATLAS TWP. — Trees are cut and stakes and surveys are being made along Gale Rd. in the township in preparation for linking the current recreational path in the village of Goodrich to Atlas Village at the corner of Perry Road.

Barry June, an Atlas Township Board trustee and a representative of the Walk, Bike, Run Paths group, and Fire Chief Fred Forys stated Consumer’s Energy was also working on relocating gas lines across the road in preparation for the path.

Construction of the path is expected to not start until school is out for the year, but might be as early as April.

June, as well as Derek Bradshaw, another representative of the paths group, both work for Genesee County parks and offer valuable input regularly to the group. June added the Michigan legislature has introduced a bill of expenditures to pay for grant money for the approved grant for a park located across from the high school.

That work is not expected to start until late this year if the funds are approved. The group discussed a trail counter which was recently installed to track the number of people who use the recreational path in the village.

The electronic device was installed by group member Bruce DeGrouchy, resident and avid bicyclist, with assistance from some coworkers and comes with a blue tooth connection and a 10 year lithium battery per Bradshaw. Walk, Bike Run director Paulette Johnson said it would be very helpful in gaining baseline measurements for future reference.

One of their annual projects, a children’s poster contest has begun according to Johnson and the kids are drawing away. She anticipates they will be done by March 31 and the group will judge them at the April 4 meeting. The theme for this year is “plants and wildlife I see on the trail while riding my cool bike”.

New this year, once the winners are decided, will be an award ceremony in May or June during school hours instead of in the evening at the board meeting. Johnson also advised they have a balance in the pathway millage fund of $85,000, including $37,800 the township assessor expects to be collected for this year. The millage ends in 2018.

The group also received a request from the Goodrich Parks and Recreation Committee to support a Department of Natural Resources grant for a path from Hegel Road down into Goodrich Commons park. The group agreed to write a letter of support for the Parks committee but agreed they didn’t want to support that specific project as they were unsure of some of the details.

Johnson stated they are also pursuing information regarding brick pavers to raise additional funds for pathways related work.

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