FLINT TWP. — The Genesee Valley Trail project is moving closer to realization after Flint Township received $2,000 from the Ruth Mott Foundation.
So far, the township has received $29,450 in donations for the trail project and the balance still needed is $14,500 said Miller. The total cost is approximately $1 million, with $950,400 available through a federal grant for the township. If the township is unable to raise all the money through donations, it has the option of utilizing road millage funds to pay Wilcox Engineering its fee of $42,000 for the trail project.
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 this spring.
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.