By Martha Stoelting
NORTH WEBSTER — North Webster Town Council and Clerk Treasurer Alice E. (Betsy) Luce learned about the status of the trail feasibility study from council member Dan Thystrup at a special meeting 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30. It was held in the North Webster Town Annex.
USI Consultants of Indianapolis are advising the town on what steps to take to start a trail system without raising taxes. The initial funding of $30,000 for North Webster Trails came from the town’s K-21 Foundation grant approved at the last regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Thystrup explained, “The deadline for the first grant application is so close being next week, I believe it should be tabled until we can have all the information together in a professional manner.” Council President Lisa Strombeck agreed and the grant application was tabled.
The estimated cost for a trail inside town limits is $1,005,000. The grant under discussion would pay 80 percent with the town responsible for finding matching funds from other grants and donations of $202,000.
Thystrup remarked, “I feel good about the consultants and that they know what they are doing.” Luce emphasized no tax dollars were to be used for the trails project. The third council member David Waliczhek was unable to attend.