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Commissioners back LoVa in grant request

Carrie Click

Garfield County commissioners walked their talk on Monday when they submitted a letter of support to Lower Valley Trails Group for a back-up state grant.”Garfield County has been a strong supporter of LoVa and expects to provide substantial administrative and matching funding for your trails activities in … 2005,” read the letter from Garfield County commissioners chairman John Martin to LoVa’s executive director, Larry Dragon. This isn’t the first time commissioners have shown support for LoVa. Earlier this month, the commissioners approved a funding request from LoVa, agreeing to provide $35,000 in operational funding – a $5,000 increase from the previous year. And this summer, commissioners agreed to provide $150,000 in matching funds over a three-year period if a Great Outdoors Colorado grant request goes through. LoVa has asked GOCO for $4.7 million to help pay for building roughly five miles of nonmotorized trail from West Glenwood through South Canyon, and nearly two miles of trail along the Colorado River in Rifle. Now, LoVa is applying for a $400,00 matching funds State Trails grant in case the GOCO grant doesn’t go through. The State Trails grant would specifically go toward building the South Canyon section of trail. The cost of the grant would be split, with $200,000 coming from State Trails, and the rest matched locally. According to Randy Russell, Garfield County senior long-range planner, the State Trails grant may likely be withdrawn if the GOCO grant is approved. GOCO will make its final decision on grant recipients on Dec. 1. “LoVa may elect to withdraw this application later as the local match burden for 2005 could be excessive if both GOCO and this grant materialized,” Russell wrote in a memo to commissioners. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com


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