2011-04-14 / News

Work on Trestle Park could begin late this summer

In anticipation of receiving Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant money, the Denton Township board April 6 authorized Supervisor Craig Cotterman to sign an agreement with Intelligent Design, LLC, for design work on Trestle Park, South Gladwin Road (M-55), Prudenville.

The agreement covers structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services and 16 site visits over the duration of the project. The project will consist of clearing, excavating and grading; and design and engineering for vault-type toilets, gazebo, fencing, signage and dock/fishing pier.

Architect Dave Riebschleger of Intelligent Design told the board the project will incorporate energy conservation, storm water treatment and road design. He said he and Tom Marsh, also of Intelligent Design, are waiting for approval from the state to spend the money.

The township was awarded a $372,700 MNRTF grant last December for development of the park and will be required to match 30% – or $111,810 – over two years. The MNRTF is a restricted fund intended to provide a source of funding for public acquisition of lands for resource protection and outdoor recreation. The funding is derived from royalties on the sale and lease of stateowned mineral rights.

Riebschleger said once the money from the state is approved, the township has two years to spend it. Marsh said a timeline was developed at the last Denton Township Park Committee meeting. The proposed schedule outlines steps such as retaining architect (April 6), final review of construction document (June 15), letting the project out for bids (July 1) and beginning construction (Aug. 15). Road work is expected to be completed by spring, 2012.

Department of Natural Resources Recreation Grant Coordinator John Cherry said if both sides do everything in a timely manner the park committee’s timeline is “conceivable.”

Cherry said the MNRTF awarded 117 projects (some for acquisition and some for development) statewide. He confirmed the legislation has been signed. The next step, he said, is for the State Administration Board to release the funds to the DNR, which will then send out project agreements in late April or early May.

The township will then sign its agreement and send it, along with engineering plans and specifications, back to the DNR. The township must select the low bidder on the project. Once the DNR approves everything, Cherry said, the township can start construction.

Denton Township Clerk Carol Asher thanked Riebschleger, who is donating half of his basic fee, for his generosity. In accordance with the agreement, his previous payment of $1,000 will also be credited toward the total project fee.

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