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County Board votes 3-2 for countywide trail plan

On a 3-2 vote Feb. 17, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners agreed to have Mid-Minnesota Development Commission help it develop a countywide trail plan.
The proposal was made by Al Koglin, parks superintendent, who said that a comprehensive trail plan will help coordinate efforts in the county.
“Everyone is kind of going off on their own tangent with trails and walking paths,” Koglin said of plans in different communities throughout the county. “We’d like to look at all these ideas and have a county plan.”
County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst said having a countywide plan would help in planning road projects, because many times walking paths, bike lanes and trails are adjacent to — or even part of — road projects.
“The idea is to get a living document that’s ongoing for trails,” said Brunkhorst.
“This way, all of us would be in the loop,” said Commissioner Sheldon Nies.
Koglin said the cost of developing the plan is about $14,400, with Mid-Minnesota paying half, $7,200, with the county paying the other half.
The question commissioners had was who would be responsible for implementing the plan.
Koglin said he would like to see a steering committee of representatives from each community, be it a council member or parks board member.

For more, see the Feb. 25 print edition of The Chronicle.