Greenville’s Flat River Trail to be repaired


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:50 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

GREENVILLE — Phase one of the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail will get a seal coating to improve its condition.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved a bid to Pittman Asphalt Maintenance Inc. of Holland in an amount not to exceed $9,729.

“It’s time for maintenance,” said City Manager George Bosanic.

Greenville received a grant for maintenance of the trail from the Fred and Lena Meijer Foundation through the Greenville Area Community Foundation for $8,000.

“We are blessed to have had this provided to us,” Bosanic said.

Phase one of the trail is about two miles that runs from Tower Mountain to Walnut Street. Bosanic asked the council to consider paying the $1,729 through capital improvement funds the city had set aside, or to not include the section of trail that connects the Danish Kingdom to Walnut Street, which would bring the cost down to about the grant price.

Throughout the year, Bosanic said the city has saved money by overestimating costs and had enough money to pay the difference.

“What effect would it have if we don’t seal coat the section?” asked Councilman Lloyd Scoby.

Bosanic said that the trail would have to be fixed at some point as it is showing its age.

“We would have to spend money sooner than later,” Bosanic said.

The board approved to pay the difference from the capital improvement funds.

 

In other business, the council:

• Received a presentation on the Greenville Historic District.

• Approved a land lease agreement with Mid-Michigan Helicopter Inc. of Greenville in the amount of $1 to farm approximately 56 acres of land at the Greenville Municipal Airport.

• Received public comment from Laura Powers, director of the Friends at Flat River Library, about what the library has to offer.

•  Said goodbye to Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden, who is leaving on May 3 to take the position of manager of Plainfield Township.

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