Lake Twp. may link to national bike trail PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:56
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A map of the proposed bike trial is marked with a red line where the trail would run. (Map provided by Wood County Auditor's office)
MILLBURY - Teamwork was once again a topic for the Lake Township Trustees.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees agreed to be part of a group looking at grants and other ways to improve Millbury's parks and link with a national bike trail.
Two representatives of Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, talked to the trustees about joining the village of Millbury in pursuing grants to be part of the North Coast Inland Trail. The trail, according to the ohiobikeways.net website, aspires to connect Indiana to Pennsylvania, requiring roughly a 270-mile west-to-east ribbon of trail through Ohio. A 170-mile portion of the route extends from the Indiana border, just west of the north fork of the Wabash Cannonball Trail, over to Lorain.
The proposed local part of the trail starts at the Genoa-Elmore area, along an abandoned railroad area. It could continue into Millbury, go north on Main Street to Ayers Road, then to Drouillard Road where it would hook up with an existing township trail that is already marked with bike signage.
Dave Saneholtz, Poggemeyer principal owner, said that while Millbury has two parks - Veterans and Fireside (which is owned by the township) - it's missing something. A path connecting both parks would allow kids to travel from one to the other on bikes or on a safe walking trail.
The best way to tie both parts together is down Cherry Street, he said.
"At the same time, make that a leg of the (North Coast Inland) trail and bring dollars from the state into the project," Saneholtz said.
Paulette Huber, client relations representative with Poggemeyer, said funds are available through the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
She said grant money is probably tied up through the state until 2017, but planning should begin now if the township is interested.
"The question is do we want to sit down and talk?" said Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen.
"We're willing to work with you," Bowen said, suggesting a trustee and the parks director continue meeting with Poggemeyer and Millbury representatives.
A bonus for the township and Millbury would be funds to improve their parks. At Fireside, which is adjacent to the Millbury fire station, another entrance and restrooms could be added and there could be parking lot improvements.
At last month's meeting, the trustees considered a team effort for dispatching. The township, Northwood, Rossford, Millbury and Walbridge were awarded a state grant earlier this year to study the concept.
The trustees and councils were presented a proposal on having one dispatch center, which could happen next year.
 

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