|City Seeking Lesher Woods Grant|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00|
Tipp City again is seeking a state grant to build a biking/walking trail through Lesher Woods.
Council gave verbal approval at its Jan. 22 meeting to the application for a $149,800 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Recreational Trails Program. A similar grant request in 2012 was not funded.
Brad Vath, assistant city manager, said the application this year was updated following discussions with ODNR to include letters of support from the Boy Scouts and the high school environmental club.
The grant would be combined with $37,450 from the city to build a 1,850-feet long, 10-foot wide asphalt trail from Manchester Chase Park north through Lesher Woods to East Kessler-Cowlesville Road.
The path could be an alternate route for students who walk to Tippecanoe High School along North Hyatt Street where the sidewalk ends just north of Manchester Chase Drive.
The city twice attempted to obtain a grant to complete the sidewalk north to Kessler-Cowlesville Road to accommodate those walking or biking to school, but the application was not funded.
The path could provide off road walking access to the school. Some students now walk in the road or through yards along Hyatt Street.
The path would be designed to go around significant trees and include a creek crossing and crossing of Kessler-Cowlesville Road. A street light at the path has been discussed but not a crossing light at the road across from the high school, Vath said.
He said there were no plans at this point to run electricity through Lesher Woods. Some council members noted those heading to school on the path could be walking in the dark at certain times of the year. They briefly discussed running electricity in the area if the grant is OK’d.
City Manager Jon Crusey said a possible source of lights could be the downtown, where lights will be removed and replaced as part of this summer’s utilities and streetscape project.
“We will talk more about where we can reuse some of those lights coming out of downtown,” he said.
If the grant is received, the path construction would be in 2014, Vath said.