2013-03-14 / Front Page

Plan may get boost in funds

Non-motorized plan moves ahead with city’s support of DDA grant

MANISTIQUE – The city’s non-motorized transportation plan is one step closer to reality as the Manistique Downtown Development Authority has received permission to pursue land acquisition grants. The grants, if received, would assist in filling gaps in the current plan’s path.

The city’s non-motorized plan, developed with the help of the Sault Tribe’s Strategic Alliance for Health, involved completing a three-mile loop that would start and end at the existing boardwalk. The path would accommodate both pedestrians and bikers and extend up the Manistique River on the boardwalk’s east side.

During Monday’s meeting of the Manistique City Council, a public hearing was held for the DDA’s request to seek a Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to secure land acquisition funding. The parcels the DDA is looking to secure include ones owned by Ralph and Laurie Stabile, Manistique Lumber and Supply, Inc. and Warshawsky Iron and

Metal, Inc.

According to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, the parcels would join with property the city is working to acquire from FutureMark – Manistique, to complete that portion of the path.

City council members unanimously approved two of the three resolutions of support for the DDA’s application. The Warshawsky Iron and Metal, Inc. parcel was not approved.

“I feel that this one should be held until the next meeting because it has not went through the DDA yet, and I know there’s been some discussion that they probably will approve it, but it hasn’t went through them yet,” Mayor Dave Peterson said.

By approving the resolutions of support, the city is committing to commit a local match of 25 percent, including a 25 percent donation of the fair market value of each parcel acquired. The grant application deadline is April 1.

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