City reapplies for trailhead grant

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on March 7, 2013 – 12:10 amalpena-cityhall4

The City of Alpena is reapplying for a grant that would be used to construct a trailhead off Woodward Avenue.

The $350,000 project was turned down for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grant in 2012.

City engineer Rich Sullenger says a DNR representative has indicated the city’s application would “rank higher” this year, giving it a better shot at securing a $245,000 grant for the project.

The municipal council this week, authorized the re-submittal of the grant.

The trailhead would serve as a starting point to connect local trails with the Northeast State Trail (NEST) that runs to Cheboygan. It would consist of a restroom building, a pavilion, a parking area for vehicles and trailers, picnic tables and benches and more.

A local match of $105,000 is required. That money is coming from a number of entities including the city, the Top of Michigan Trails Council, Alpena Township, the Besser Foundation and others. The biggest chunk, $40,000, is coming from the youth and recreation millage.