Town considers grant funding for river trail |

Town considers grant funding for river trail

Truckee Town Council will consider a request for Federal Transportation Enhancement Act funding for the Truckee River Legacy Trail during its meeting tonight.

“The Truckee River (Legacy) Trail has been identified as a town project since the adoption of the general plan in 1996,” Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook wrote in his report to council. “The project has been incorporated in the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan with a significant commitment of town resources. The current CIP identifies a $300,000 shortfall in construction funding even with the $349,000 commitment of town funding.”

The Federal Transportation Enhancement Act provides funds for projects such as trail and bike paths, and not for conventional roads.

“The Nevada County Transportation Agency has the responsibility of administering about $1 million of these funds countywide,” Lashbrook said. “The town submitted a preliminary grant request to the NCTC last January for this project.”

Lashbrook said there is tremendous local support for the project, and that the largest unresolved issue is the long term maintenance of the trail.

“The grant application requires that the town be the responsible public agency for trail maintenance,” Lashbrook said. “At the same time, staff is meeting with the recreation and park district to discuss possible cooperative maintenance efforts. Hopefully, a cooperative program can be developed prior to official acceptance of the grant, if we are fortunate enough to receive it.”

Lashbrook said the grant has the potential to resolve the unfunded portion of trail construction, but leaves open the cost and long term responsibility for trail maintenance, which could cost as much as $60,000 per year.

In other business, council will consider:

– Adoption of conflict of interest standards for the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

– Authorization of the purchase of a used hydro-vacuum drain cleaning machine costing $183,320.63.

– Review and adoption of the Five-Year Capital Improvement Budget.

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