Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kent County accepts $150,000 grant for trail connector

Kent County has decided to accept a $150,000 state grant to pay for design of a controversial recreational trail connector. However, some county leaders say the proposed path steps on the toes of neighboring Ottawa County and treads on Michigan’s second-largest industry.

After postponing action last month, the county’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved Michigan Department of Natural Resources funding to support a $2.5 million link between the state-owned White Pine and Musketawa trails. The project has sparked debate because a targeted route runs through an Ottawa County farmer’s cattle-feeding operation.

The proposed nine-mile connection along a section of an old railroad line would run through land used by Wright Township farmer John Triick, whose family claims it would split its farm and endanger its business.

See the entire article here.