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AI- 2942   12. B. 1.    
BOC Regular
Meeting Date: 08/01/2019  
Acceptance of 2019 Iron Belle Challenge Grant Award
Submitted For: Kelli Scott
FROM: Jen Bomba, Community Development Director, Community Development
Department: Community Development  

Information
RESOLUTION:
RECOMMENDATION:
The Community Development Office requests that the County Board of Commissioners authorize acceptance of the Iron Belle Trail Challenge Grant award in the amount of $81,500 and authorize the Board Chair to sign the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
BACKGROUND:
The Community Development Office continues to pursue the acquisition of property in Albion Township to serve as a trailhead and area for public recreation.  The subject property is located in an area where numerous trails merge including the North Country National Scenic Trail, Iron Belle Trail, Great Lake to Lake Trail and the Calhoun County Trail.  Future development of the property as a trailhead will provide much needed access to biking and hiking opportunities within Calhoun County and beyond. 

The Iron Belle Trail is deemed "Michigan's Showcase Trail" and has been a focus of funding opportunities through the Michigan DNR.  Community Development applied for, and has been awarded, a 2019 Iron Belle Trail Challenge Grant to serve as an additional source of match funds funds for the acquisition of the proposed property.  Other finding sources for this project include the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.        
SUMMARY:
The Community Development Office requests that the County Board of Commissioners authorize acceptance of the Iron Belle Trail Challenge Grant award in the amount of $81,500 and authorize the Board Chair to sign the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Fiscal Impact
Attachments
Iron Belle Challenge MOU

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