(Tuesday - March 16, 2021) - The Iron Mountain
City Council is expected to meet in special session on March 29th, to
finalize the application for funding to improve and expand the Pewabic
Hill bike trail system.
The total cost of the project is
estimated to be near a quarter of a million dollars, with a required
local match of around 76 thousand dollars.
The Council held a
public hearing on the matter on Monday evening, but were unable to
finalize the application because the local match has not yet been
Members of the Dickinson Trail Network addressed the
Council via Zoom, urging the Council to proceed.
Jordan Stanchina said that he will continue working with the DTN to
finalize the local match formula. The local contribution need not be all
cash. It can be made up of a combination of cash contributions,
contributions of material or equipment, and donated labor. However, a
value will have to be assigned to each of these factors in able to come
up with a firm figure for the local match.
City officials hope to
be able to connect the City's trail system to the Peninsula-wide trail
system, via a tie-in to the Lake Antoine Road. Plans for that have not
yet been finalized.
The special meeting is expected to be held
via the Zoom online meeting platform, and may well be the last of the
virtual meetings, as the Council is expected to resume their meetings at
City Hall in April. Those plans are also being worked out at this time,
and a final announcement will be made prior to the first meeting in
The funding is being sought through the Michigan
Recreational Trust Fund.