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Preliminary work continues on Project Access planning

YORK – The Project Access process continues, which will result in a trail extension project in York as well as other infrastructure improvements to enhance pedestrian travel throughout the city, thanks to a very large federal grant.

The project is still in the infancy stages, city officials explain.

A week ago, Olssons personnel (engineers) met with landowners who might be affected by the path of the trail extension.

Proposed maps are expected to be made available to the public on May 28.

This past week, the city council revisited an engineering bill they had tabled earlier.

The bill was for $14,839.19, for further study into alternative routes for the trail extension.

“The city accepted the grant,” said Mayor Barry Redfern, referring to the more than $15 million federal grant awarded to the city for this project, “and Olssons has been contracted to do the engineering.”

“This bill is ours to pay,” said Councilman Jerry Wilkinson. “We have to pay it either way,” as approving the bill didn’t mean any official approval was yet being given to any path or formal project plan.

“If we vote to pay this bill, that doesn’t mean I’m voting in favor of the plan,” said Councilmember Vicki Northrop. “I understand we need to pay our bill.”

“Due to this being a federal grant, there will be an open house on May 28, but a ton of things have to happen before that can even happen,” Redfern said. “When we have the maps, we will make those public.”

Someone in the crowd asked if the council members had a “chance to review the changes that were made and are all in the know. And another concern is that May 28 is the day after Memorial Day weekend.”

“The council, the city does not have the final plan at this point,” Mayor Redfern responded.

All the council members agreed to pay the engineering bill.


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