Trails group ups county funding request to $35,000 |

Trails group ups county funding request to $35,000

The Lower Valley Trails group will ask Garfield County commissioners to assist them with a portion of its operational funding at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting. The group is scheduled to appear before the commissioners at 10:15 a.m.LOVA is a local nonprofit organization that works to create a nonmotorized trail system through Garfield County along the Colorado River. The group employs a part-time executive director, Larry Dragon, and operates with a volunteer board of directors.LOVA board member Mike Sawyer said last year, the county agreed to provide $30,000 to the group to go towards operating costs. Municipalities such as Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Silt also contributed towards the group’s general operating budget. At Monday’s meeting, LOVA will again ask for the county’s support, this time upping the request by $5,000 for a total of $35,000. Sawyer said $4,000 of that money will be used to sponsor a local trail project, perhaps between Silt and New Castle, or in Parachute. Garfield County commissioners agreed this summer to provide $150,000 in matching funds over a three-year period if a Great Outdoors Colorado grant request goes through. LOVA is planning for the GOCO grant to fund constructing trails in South Canyon and in Rifle. LOVA expects to hear the results of their GOCO grant request on Dec. 1. At the meeting, commissioners will also:• hear from Glenwood Springs Fire Department chief Mike Piper and Ron Biggers about possibly implementing the international fire code;• consider raising the weight limit on Cattle Creek Road to 80,000 pounds;• consider a request by the Grand Valley Historical Society to convert a school building to a community building in Battlement Mesa.Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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