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Trails Committee Receives Assistance

By Staff | Jul 23, 2009

The Five Island Lake Trails organization received some assistance for the trails project following action by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during the board’s July 21 meeting. Tammy Naig, a member of the Trails Committee, appeared before the supervisors to make a request.

Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz, who is working with the trails committee as well, explained to the board that planning for the recreational trail along the east side of Five Island Lake is continuing, and that there are many aspects to consider in the planning.

“I’ve been working to try and address safety issues for both Secondary Roads and for the Bike Trail,” Fantz explained. “There is a way that we can meet those needs by everybody working together in this process, but eventually, this is a Secondary Roads issue.”

The area in question involves a section of the proposed bike trail route that would be below the grade of the road. Out of fears for protection of trail users, Fantz and the committee had determined the installation of some type of protective guardrail along the area was indicated.

The engineer told the supervisors that due to bridge rehabilitation work in the county over time, the county had stockpiled surplus pilings and bridge rails. Fantz proposed the county donate some of the surplus pilings and railings to the trail committee.

“Basically, I’m here to see if the county would be willing to donate 30 to 35 of those pilings and railings to the trails organization, along with some of the spoil material from the gravel pit,” Naig explained. “I can’t think of a better thing for one of the assets in our community than a trail around the lake.”

“I would agree that this would be a big plus for everybody to work together on this,” agreed Supervisor Leo Goeders.

With little additional discussion, the board gave unanimous approval to the donation of the bridge materials and spoils to the trails committee.