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File #: 19-2408    Version: 1 Name: 1/21/20 - Resolution to Accept and Appropriate Connecting Communities Grant for Treeline Trail
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/21/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/21/2020 Final action: 1/21/2020
Enactment date: 1/21/2020 Enactment #: R-20-018
Title: Resolution to Accept and Appropriate a $50,000.00 Connecting Communities Grant Award from Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for Treeline Alignment Study (8 Votes Required)
Attachments: 1. Connecting Communities Project Agreement.pdf, 2. Connecting Communities Award Letter.pdf, 3. 2019 Treeline Activities Summary.pdf
Title
Resolution to Accept and Appropriate a $50,000.00 Connecting Communities Grant Award from Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for Treeline Alignment Study (8 Votes Required)
Memorandum
NOTE: This resolution is connected with the resolution to appropriate $35,000.00 in general fund money and approve a contract with SmithGroup to conduct the Treeline Alignment Study that is also before City Council for approval. Both resolutions must be approved to move forward with the Alignment Study.

This resolution accepts and appropriates a $50,000.00 Connecting Communities grant from Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. The resolution also approves a grant agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission necessary to receive the grant funds. The grant funds are anticipated to be used to fund a contract with SmithGroup for a Treeline Alignment Study, which is also on City Council's agenda for approval in a separate resolution.

The proposed Alignment Study will provide preliminary engineering for the portion of the trail from the Border-to-Border Trail near Argo Dam to the City property at 721 N. Main. Among other deliverables, this will include community engagement, an evaluation of specific potential trail locations and necessary structures, such as bridges and ramps, and cost estimates. Once preliminary engineering is complete, staff anticipates that this portion of the trail will have advanced to a stage where a greater variety of funding sources will be available to fund final design and construction.

Background
The Treeline originated as the Allen Creek Greenway, an initiative that began nearly 20 years ago, which focused on flood mitigation and creating recreational space along the creek's corridor. In 2011, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a resolution in support of advancing the Allen Creek Greenway initiative. In 2015, the City dedicated resources to take the next step of the Allen Creek Greenway initiative and to d...

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