mntn-biker wrote:By coincidence, I see in the Advance newspaper an article on Kent trails and how much it has grown and how much it costs to maintain. Here is a quote from the article: "....an annual total maintenance cost of $20,000 for the first 10 years and $25,000 annually for the next 10, with the Kent County Parks Department paying half and the other half being charged to the remaining five partners based on the original formula based on how many miles of trails were in the community"
and here is a link to the article:
Here's an idea..... Not sure what is involved with these maintenance costs but suppose the MMBA proposes to maintain or help maintain those existing trails in exchange for allowing us to build some singletrack in Millenium Park or Johnson Park??? I'm guessing some of the maintenance is grass mowing and brush trimming? Just thinking if we saved the parks dept. some cash well you know how money talks Just another idea and maybe this has been thrown on the table already.....
We have to deal with maintenance with the trail here in Cannon Township and we just got done examining our budget for this so it's fresh in my mind. It seems like in our case, the regular maintenance of picking up trash, removing deadfall and pruning trees is all done currently by volunteers and we have plenty of people willing to do this. I suspect Kent Trails is in the same situation, I know the White Pine Trail also has a large group of volunteers for this. For clearing leaves and mowing, the county has the equipment to make short work of that type of stuff and in fact they help us with that work on the Cannon Township Paved Trail.
The stuff that costs real money is too expensive to justify WMMBA money going there and it's outside of what volunteers can do. This includes damage to structures from dead trees landing on them and repairing root damage to the trail surface and trying to prevent it by trenching on either side of the trail. There is also repairing damage caused by vandals or snowmobiles with studded tires illegally riding on the trail. On top of that, the pavement itself has a limited lifespan so budgeting for eventually repaving the entire trail is important as well as replacing old bridges.