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Public meetings to be held on proposed recreational trail

The map shows the different routes being considered for a proposed recreational trail that would run between Perham and Pelican Rapids. People who plan to use the trail, and especially those who live along any of the possible routes, are encouraged to attend one of two public meetings about the project, coming up next Monday and Tuesday. Submitted image

In an effort to share information and gather public input on a proposed recreational trail that would run between Perham and Pelican Rapids, the Otter Tail County Public Works Division will be holding two informational meetings next week.

Facilitators of the meetings will discuss the scope, schedule, route possibilities, potential funding sources and other pertinent information for the proposed 30-mile multi-use trail.

The first meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 16 in Pelican Rapids starting at 7 p.m., with a meeting in Perham the following night, Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

According to the county’s website, the meetings will be conducted in an open house format, with a formal presentation from 7:30-8 p.m. and time before and after that for review of project maps, other planning documents, and discussions with county representatives.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements will be accepted at the meetings and for a 10-day period following the meetings, and will be made part of the meeting record.

SRF Consulting of Fargo, N.D. is currently working on a master plan for the proposed trail. This plan will be used to bolster the trail’s odds of receiving funding through state bonding. Other funding could come from grants or local sources.

The public meetings should be of interest to anyone who plans to use the trail, and especially to those who live along any proposed routes.

After the public meetings, a committee of stakeholders and interested parties will meet to review the master plan and discuss any changes. The master plan is scheduled to be finished by February, complete with an established route and budget for the project.