(Monday - February 15, 2021) - The Iron Mountain City Council on Monday gave the City Manager a green light to explore grant and funding options to increase the scope of the newly developed mountain bike trail system on the City's East Side.

The trail system has been under development since 2019, under the auspices of an organization which calls itself the Dickinson Trail Network, working with the City of Iron Mountain. The trail network has been developed on City-owned property in the area of Pewabic Hill.

The proposed expansion would take place within eighty acres of City-owned property on the West side of the current trail network.

City Manager Jordan Stanchina said it is hoped that they will eventually be able to join with the Fumee Creek and Norway trail systems to develop greater opportunities for bikers.

The proposed project is expected to cost between $250,000 and $300,000. The trail network is planning to seek about $230,000 in State grant funding, which would require a 26% local contribution, or between $70,000 and $90,000. That local contribution can be comprised of cash, donations and in-kind labor.

The City Manager will work with the Dickinson Trail Network to put an application plan together. That plan can hopefully be completed in time for Council approval at their first meeting in March.

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