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Farmington council plans ahead for trail maintenance

Farmington’s extensive trail system will be good to go for many years, thanks to a new plan approved Monday by the Farmington City Council.

The plan allocates $30,000 annually, from 2015 through 2035, specifically for trail maintenance. It’s part of a capital improvement plan submitted for consideration at the Feb. 10 city council workshop.

According to Farmington parks and recreation director Randy Distad, the CIP sets up a five-year cycle to address the city’s ongoing trail maintenance. Most of the maintenance will involve a process called fog sealing, which is similar to seal coating roads. However, it also includes a couple of trail reconstruction projects that are scheduled over the next two decades.

The plan approved Monday breaks up Farmington’s trail system into five- to nine mile segments. Those segments will be addressed at different times over the five-year cycle, similar to how the city addresses seal coating needs in the community. In the years when fewer miles are being fog sealed and crack sealed, the leftover funding will be carried forward to build up the trail system fund.

The trail maintenance plan addresses concerns council received in a survey completed a couple of years ago, council member Doug Bonar said.

“Our community has a great interest in the trail system and its preservation. I think this is that next step,” Bonar said. “I think you have put together a plan that will continue to provide for this rather extensive system to remain available for use.”

The city has already set aside $25,000 in the 2014 budget for trail maintenance. That amount will increase to $30,000 when the new CIP goes into effect as part of the 2015 budget.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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