Lutsen commits funding to mountain bike trail
The town of Lutsen held the continuation of its annual town
meeting on Tuesday, August 21, finalizing its 2013 levy with one
addition—a pledge for a $10,000 donation to the Superior Cycling
Association if the organization is successful in obtaining a $900,000
grant from the Minnesota Legacy Trails Grant.
Paul Nordlund of Superior Cycling Association presented a map for the
proposed Cook County Mountain Bike Trail System. Nordlund said the
association is submitting a grant to the Minnesota Legacy Trails Grant
program for approximately $900,000 for approximately 12 – 50 miles of
Nordlund said the project, which includes primarily single-track
trails, would make Cook County a destination for mountain bikers
across the nation. He said the community would benefit from the
increased tourism from the biking community.
Nordlund asked the township to support the project by donating toward
the matching funds needed if the grant is received. The project has
received the support of the Cook County – Grand Marais Economic
Development Authority and Nordlund said it had been presented and
discussed at the Cook County Commissioners earlier that day. Nordlund
said the application is due September 28, 2012 “The application would
look all the stronger if it has substantial matching funds from the
community,” he said.
Nordlund did not ask for a specific amount, noting that the
association would be happy with whatever the township could allocate,
whether it was $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.
Lutsen Supervisor Joe Buttweiler made a motion to contribute $10,000
if the Legacy funds were secured. Supervisor Ginny Storlie seconded.
Treasurer John Groth suggested that since the association’s request
would be included in the 2013 levy, the township wait until the March
2013 town meeting to decide whether or not—and how much—to donate.
The vote was called and the motion carried to include $10,000 in the
2013 budget for the bike trail system matching funds.