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Salt Creek Trail awarded $1.8 million grant
Updated on: 06.25.14

The Salt Creek Trail project has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation -- boosting three of the four phases of the trail to full funding.

The first phase, a three-quarter-mile run from the State Road 46/135 intersection in town to the YMCA, opened in the fall of 2013.

Salt Creek Trail Committee Vice-chairman Tom Tuley said the new spans of the trail -- from Brown County State Park to Brown County Schools' Eagle Park, and from Eagle Park to the existing trail head at the Brown County YMCA -- might open in as soon as three years.

"We don't need to raise another dime to get the first three phases of the trail finished," he said. "We just have to do all the work yet."

That work includes hiring an engineer, possibly doing additional environmental work, submitting final plans for the route, getting a bridge permit and gaining easements from property owners in the proposed path.

Tuley said the trail committee has not been allowed to approach any private property owners in the path of the proposed route to ask for easements, even though a map showing the trail running along their properties has been publicly circulated in Nashville-Brown County's Stellar Communities strategic investment plan.

On June 10, Charles and Marilyn Snyder submitted a letter via attorney Wanda Jones to the Town of Nashville, Bob Kirlin and the Stellar committee stating that "we are not willing to grant any easement or right of way to our property for use by the Trail."

Tuley said a different route for that leg could be identified.

Tuley said he didn't know yet how this grant award would affect the request for Salt Creek Trail funding in the Stellar Communities plan. The request was for $1.8 million -- the same amount INDOT just announced the project will get through its regular grant cycle.

He said the trail committee had to apply for this grant well before it would find out about Stellar awards.

Read more in the July 2 Brown County Democrat.

-- Sara Clifford, Brown County Democrat

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