Wellington council approves applying for walking trail grant around Hargis

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to apply for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant which if obtained would fund the construction of concrete hike and biking trails around Hargis Creek Watershed in northeast Wellington.The city council and staff members have been discussing building a path that can be used for walkers, joggers and bicyclers. The long-term goal is to build a path that would loop around and connect the city’s four biggest parks:•Hargis,•Century Park – formerly known as Lions Club Park – in central Wellington north of the U.S. 80-160 viaduct,•Woods Park, south of the municipal golf course,•Worden Park, in northwest Wellington, home of the sports complex.But the completion of such a path route is years away. Right now, the council is looking to build just one phase of the overall project.At its Dec. 18 meeting, the council voted to overrule a recommendation of the Park Board, an advisory board for the council, and go with a path around Hargis Creek Watershed. The park board had recommended Woods Park in that it would be easier to eventually connect with Worden Park, said Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer.Instead the council decided to start with Hargis. The path, if built, would loop around the Hargis Creek and eventually head west onto Hillside Road (see proposed map below). The Hargis Creek project would be built in four phases. The first phase would be two loop paths on the east end of the watershed, the second phase would be on the west end. The third phase would be on the south end, and a fourth phase would be to stretch west on Hillside Road.The funding will come out out of a Transportation Enhancement Grant fund through KDOT which currently has $15 million to disperse in a 2013-14 timeframe. The city must have an application to KDOT by February 15.Wellington City Economic Development Director Cody Sims says KDOT will recommend the city submit a grant application with the entire project, and they would award the selected cities for a certain number of feet for a certain number of dollars.Sims estimates that the Hargis project will cost $541,946. The state would pay for 80 percent and the city would pay for 20 percent of the funding.The city did contact the Wellington school officials about whether this would mess with the cross country tracks at the annual meet held in September. With a few modifications, it was decided both the hike/bike path and cross country routes would not interfere with the other.Proposed hiking/biking path around Hargis Creek. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -10 Vote up Vote down Sam · 397 weeks ago Oh goody-goody. Why not something that everyone can benefit from. Report Reply 2 replies · active 397 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down two ears, one mouth · 397 weeks ago Why listen to the park board? They probably only did a little more research than the city Counsel. Why have a walking path around the only real place to hold a family picnic, play disc golf and the golf course. Did you just not run an article on having people volunteer…seems it does not matter now does it… I am at least glad they decided to go foward with the project so now we can hike and walk around the smell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Billy · 397 weeks ago What’s that big red dot right next to the trail? Report Reply 1 reply · active 397 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Bob · 397 weeks ago this will be nice hope we get the grants Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Phil · 397 weeks ago Two ears and one mouth…so you will be applying for one of the vacant Park Board positions? Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down JaneJane · 397 weeks ago The red dot is the Police Department firing range. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down The Voice · 397 weeks ago Small Town Boy are you saying that the people of the community should have no voice. Should just roll over and say thank you can I have another when it comes to the decisions made by the councel. Who are elected by the people?????? Nothing wrong with people who post their displeasure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Sam · 397 weeks ago I agree with you The Voice. Look at the select few who wants the trail vs the ones who don’t get to enjoy the grant project. This town does not look at the over all public use. They sure didn’t want ac/heat in the auditorium for everyone. But must say they have put in ramps at crossings for the handicap. Now they need to finish a sidewalk to walmart that needs done asap. I’ll be damn if they get my vote on election again. Can’t believe I have minus 2 expelling my health reason for not wanting the trail. Just shows how disrespectful jerk people are. That is ok I have lived with disrespect for years, nothing has changed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JaneJane · 397 weeks ago It’s not that the city is not wanting to fix all of the other stuff that needs done around Wellington, it’s that there is no funding for it. Recently we have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of two grants that have provided us funding for walking trails.This is another one of those opportunities. The people who are giving out the monies for these grants are the ones that determine what you can and can not do with their money.Since exercise and healthy lifestyles are at the forefront right now, that is where the money is going. I am sure that all of us would like to see a sidewalk out to McDonalds and WalMart. I am sure that the City Council is looking for funding for that as we speak. Until something comes up as a way to pay for that we need to do projects that we can get money for. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down notlla · 397 weeks ago The free grant money is fine ,But who do you think payes the other 20% We need some of that free money to bring something downtown, Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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