Park district gets grant for rail-trail PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:50
With a recent grant, the work on the Westside Corridor trail is one step closer to completion.
At Monday's Wood County Park Board meeting, Parks Director Neil Munger announced the reception of a $500,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Trail fund for the appropriations and development of that project.
The Westside effort, worked on by a consortium of entities including the park district, aims to eventually change the 11-mile former CSX Westside Corridor railroad right-of-way in Wood and Lucas counties into a multi-use trail.
The land was purchased by the consortium for $6.5 million, with the park district acquiring a 1.5-mile portion for $50,000.
The $500,000 will likely be used to take down a former rail bridge joining River Road in Wood County with River Road in Lucas County. The bridge was acquired by the Wood County Port Authority in 2011 for $1.
"This helps us look a little bit better in the whole acquisition," said Munger. "It's a big shot in the arm."
In other business, the Park Board of Commissioners approved the district's 2013 budget, amounting to more than $3.6 million.
Included in that budget is $77,500 for the installation of an air conditioner at the Stone House at Otsego Park, as well as a 4 percent pay increase for staff.
Parks staff had not received a raise in pay since 2009, and Munger noted that most other park districts had increased their staff's pay between 2 and 3 percent per year over that time.
It was also decided that, beginning with their January meeting, the board will meet the second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m.
The board additionally went into two executive sessions to discuss employee salaries and other matters.

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