Genesee Valley Trail project lacking $16,550 in funds

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township has received $25,450 in donations for the Genesee Valley Trail, but still needs $16,550 for the project.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said the township originally needed to raise $44,000 for the project, but that amount was lowered to $42,000 by Wilcox Engineering, the company hired by the township for the project.

The Genesee Valley Trail project has been in the works for several months. The total project cost is approximately $1 million, with $950,400 available through a federal grant for the township. At previous board meetings, Miller told the board and audience that the township could possibly utilize road millage funds to pay Wilcox Engineering. The township would be able to legally utilize the funds for the Genesee Valley Trail.

The proposal for the Genesee Valley Trail involves converting an abandoned railroad into a recreational trail. The original plan for the trail, which is 2.3- miles, begins at Corunna Rd. and the old railroad crossing (near Ballenger Hwy.) and ends at the north signal light near the entrance/exit of Genesee Valley Center. Since the original plans were made, the committee decided to add an extension of the trail, adding 3,050-feet, and ending it near the police station at Norko and Fleckenstein Drives. With the extension, the Genesee Valley Trail would be three miles. According to officials, the extension does not increase the cost required of Flint Township. Construction on the Genesee Valley Trail should begin in Spring 2011.

Individuals and businesses interested in making donations to the Genesee Valley Trail project can stop by the township offices, 1490 S. Dye Rd., or call 810-732-1350.

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