Trails From Freeport receives second half of DB&T donation
Monday, June 30, 2014 2:33 PM
Trails From Freeport (TFF) received the second half of a $20,000 donation from Decorah Bank and Trust last week.
Trails from Freeport Board members recently received a $10,000 donation from Decorah Bank and Trust for a trail extension from Freeport to the Trout Run Trail near Walmart. From left are, front row: Board members Cindy Simpson, Deb Olsgard and Katrina Allen-Brickley of Decorah Bank and Trust; and back row: Board members Heidi Rockweiler, Kelly Brickley, Andy Bonnet, Joe Grimstad and Ben Grimstad of Decorah Bank and Trust, and Dale Putnam. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Sarah Strandberg)
TFF has been working for more than four years to build a recreational trail from the village of Freeport to the Trout Run Trail near Walmart. The 11-mile Trout Run Trail encircles the city of Decorah.
“Thank you to Decorah Bank and Trust for their support of this important public-safety project,” said Heidi Rockweiler, Trails from Freeport board member. “The bank has long been an outstanding community partner, and they have shown that once again with their generous donation to the Freeport extension of the Trout Run Trail.”
Local officials were notified last fall that Winneshiek County had been awarded a $1,651,475 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for its $2.2 million “Northeast Iowa’s Livable Rural Community Project,” that includes the trail extension.
In addition to paying for trail from Freeport to the Trout Run Trail, the grant will help cover the cost of extending the asphalt trail north of Freeport to the Haugen Hummel subdivision for a total of 2.52 miles. In addition, the grant will fund the reconstruction of 2.5 miles of River Road from Moellers Drive to Drake Hill Road.
A state Department of Transportation bid letting will be held July 15, and construction is expected to start by early fall with completion by next spring or early next summer.
A $100,000 Resource Enhancement and protection Grant has also been awarded for the trail project. Winneshiek County is providing a $550,000 in-kind match for Livable Community Project, and TFF is raising $200,000 in donations for the trail work.
TFF has organized numerous fundraisers, and the next one is 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the Courtyard in Decorah. Gaelstorm will be performing “old rock.” Admission is $10 at the door.