Grants sought for trail work

By Hank Lohmeyer

The Town of Cedaredge is hoping for grant money to help with needed work on a section of walking trail that Deer Creek Village Homeowners have offered to deed to the town.

The trustees approved a town grant application to GOCO for $28,000 of an estimated $40,000 "phase I" initiative to "improve, connect, and extend" the Surface Creek Trail.

The town is willing to take over ownership and all maintenance expense and insurance costs of a privately-owned section of walking path from the homeowners.

The trail segment runs between Independence Avenue and Jay Avenue. The deal could require physical improvements and changes to the trail, a survey, and possibly legal work as the trail is believed to intrude on some residential property along the section of creek.

A long-term vision includes eventual extension of the walking path south of Jay Avenue.

In another trail related business matter, the town board appropriated $1,000 as match for $9,000 in grants the Cedaredge Public Library will use to set up a "story walk" on the Surface Creek Trail.

According to library officials, pages of children's books will be posted on permanent standards along the trail. Some seating will be added so children and their guardians can read pages of a story as they are walking the trail.