West Lafayette applying for grant to fund for walking trail

William Casteel

Newcomerstown News

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Pending approval for funding, West Lafayette may soon be part of the planned Recreational Walking Trail Program.

Village councilmember Ron Lusk, chairman of the Grant Application Committee, recently presented a plan for the village to apply for a grant through The Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The grant would pay 80 percent of the whole project, with 20 percent provided by the village, according to Lusk.

Council members discussed the possibility of the 20 percent being provided through physical labor.

Lusk also provided council with a color and a detailed map of the proposed section of land for the walking path. The proposed site is located on the northern edge of the village near the ball diamond. The path will be either paved or have crushed limestone for the foundation depending on the funding. The cost of paving has been estimated at $186,000 verses a limestone foundation at $138,000. The path is planned to measure 8-feet wide and 3,400-linear feet long.

The plan is for the path to join up with two other local walking paths -- one in Coshocton and an existing one in Newcomerstown. The village is hoping for the preliminary work to begin sometime in spring 2010.

Village council later agreed to approve a resolution to apply for the grant in order to meet the Feb. 1 application deadline.

The village discussed a plan to initiate what they termed as Phase I of the project. They also agreed to add the stipulation of not proceeding with plans if funding is not approved.

Phase I will include further assessment of the site and providing proof of property ownership to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Village solicitor Bill Owens will check further into the grant stipulations and project requirements. Council member Lusk also suggested having W.E. Quicksall and Associates (engineering firm) review the proposed plan with the village administrator Dave Kadri, fiscal officer Lisa Stiteler and solicitor Owens.

Future plans will possibly include benches, lighting and other types of facilities for patrons using the path.

Other council business from the Jan. 25 regular meeting included:

* Fire dependency board met with council members prior to the regular session for its annual review of benefit technicalities (insurance coverage for the firemen) and funding for the fire department.

* Final approval for the Pearl Valley wastewater project is expected to be completed soon, according Kadri.

Council agreed to meet at 6:45 p.m. to discuss federal funding plans, prior to the next regular council meeting, Feb. 8.