2018-01-11 / News

Atlas Twp approves further path improvements

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

ATLAS TWP. — Having just got done celebrating the opening of the Gale Road path in October, the board of trustees wasted no time in moving forward and at their meeting later that month, approved pursuit of additional trail monies and work to likely take place in the coming year.

One approval is for the scoping (pre-engineering) of a trail which will travel west from M-15/State Road to Perry Rd at the intersection of Gale at a cost $4,356.77.

It is hoped the trail will then connect to Grand Blanc via Perry Road and the board approved a resolution to apply for grants to pay for that path. The Gale Road path and the two connectors are all part of the Iron Belle trail which aims to be the longest designated state trail in the nation, running through Michigan communities between Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.

Atlas Township voters approved the paths tax millage in 2014 at 1/8 of a mil (.125 dollars on each$1,000 of taxable valuation for five years) and generated well over $30,000 for recreational paths in the area.

Much of the organizing of the trail plans comes from the Walk, Bike, Run Atlas Township committee, chaired by volunteers and led by resident Paulette Johnson. They meet monthly and welcome new members to get involved in the path building process.

Contact information available at: https://www.facebook.com/Walkbikerunatlastownship/. More information on the Iron Belle Trail is available at: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_16839_71459---,00.html

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