Township raised nearly $42,000 in donations to pay recreational trail engineering fees

FLINT TWP. — A just-in-time donation of $1,000 from ELGA Credit Union and some smaller ones received Monday left a balance of only $1,461 owed on engineering fees for the Genesee Valley Trail.

Since the board of trustees approved the recreational trail project in August 2010, township officials have raised nearly $42,000 for preliminary engineering services provided by Wilcox Engineering.

Wilcox chipped in a $2,000 discount off its total $44,000 fee, leaving $42,000 for the township to raise through donations.

Wilcox’s final bill of $2,700 had come due and was on Monday night’s agenda to be presented to the board for payment when more donations came in.

The board unanimously approved payment of the bill balance using available township funds.

“We still have requests out and I believe we will receive the rest of the money through donations,’’ said township supervisor Karyn Miller.

As more donations come in, the $1,461 will be put back in whatever fund it was taken from, she said.

Trustee Barb Vert asked for a final list of donors.

The 2.69 non-motorized recreational trail is now completed and set to be dedicated Friday with a ribbon-cutting at noon at the bus shelter on Linden Road in front of the Genesee Valley Center mall.

The trail itself was paid for with a $950,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) federal grant.

It starts on Corunna Road near Ballenger Highway and ends on Linden Road at Genesee Valley Center mall. Part of it follows an abandoned railroad track.

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