(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.
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.
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.