AUSABLE TWP. – The AuSable Township Board of Trustees, along with Superintendent Leisa Sutton and Administrative Assistant Susie Olpere, held a public information meeting in regards to the Iosco Exploration Trail (IET).
The meeting was held March 11 at the AuSable Township Hall.
Local residents that live along US-23, where the trail is expected to be built were invited by the township to attend the meeting. A presentation of the trail was given by Engineer Joe Wright of the Spicer Group Inc in Saginaw.
Wright explained where the AuSable section of the trail will go and how it will affect the residents that live there. Following the presentation, residents were encouraged to ask questions about the trail and many happily obliged.
Some questions included if trees and signs would have to be removed, who will be responsible for taking care of the trail in the winter, if the street lights will be turned on so residents can use the trail at night and when construction is expected to begin among others. Members of the board, Sutton, Wright, Steve Schnell of the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments and others helped to field the questions.
Wright said that during construction, signs and trees will be removed if need be. Sutton told community members that the IET committee is working to find grant funding in order to help with upkeep of the trail.
Supervisor Kevin Beliveau said that every other street light in the township was turned off about 10 years ago due to cost efficiency. He said that there were no plans of turning on the additional street lights for the use of the trail. Schnell added that many riders don’t typically ride in the dark as well.
Further, Wright said that construction of the AuSable section of the trail isn’t predicted to begin until 2022. The township explained that the purpose in holding the meeting was to receive input from the community. Many residents appeared unsure about the trail while others said they were in support of it.
Clerk Kelly Graham also explained that residents interested in the trail are more than welcome to attend the monthly IET committee meetings held on the third Thursday of the month at AuSable Township Hall at 2 p.m.
For more information about the IET, residents can email Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the township at 739-9169.