The second phase of the General Dacey Trail now has the funding to begin work.

Jerry Yockey, chairman for the General Dacey Trail project, reported that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources granted the city $192,000 to continue development of the four-mile recreational trail that winds between Forest Park and the lake.

Phase One of the trail is complete and the grand opening of that part of the trail is set for July 20 at 10 a.m.

“Brad Agney did a great job,” Yockey said. “The usage (of the trail) and the comments have been fantastic.”

Although the trail is labeled a bike trail, about 80 percent of the users are walkers, according to Yockey.

Phase Two is about one mile long as compared with Phase One’s eight-tenths of a mile.

“It will be a challenging section, but it is still a beautiful part of the trail,” Yockey said. This part of the trail will incorporate more rolling hills, giving walkers, runners, and bikers more of a workout.

“This area, because of different geographic challenges, needs different top surfacing than the Phase One section.” Yockey said. He noted that County Engineer Alan Spesard will be coming up with the design specifications.

The grant requires the city to match 20 percent of the costs. He added that work-in-kind counts in that percentage.

“We were required to spend $94,000 on the Phase One. We actually spent $108,000,” Yockey said. “We will have donations and fundraisers, like the Tom Short Run. The city helped us a lot last year and we’re going to need help again,” Yockey said.

Each of the council members commented on the positives of the trail so far.

“A lot of that area of the park that hadn’t been used before is now opened up,” Commissioner Noel Bolinger said.

“With the (park) expansion and the trail, there’s a whole new outlook on the park,” Commissioner Tim Finks said.

In other business, City Treasurer David Frost presented the proposed appropriations ordinance for the 2007 fiscal year. He told the council that the ordinance needed to be passed in the first quarter of the fiscal year, which began July 1.

The council set a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. July 17, prior to the regular council meeting, to allow time for the public to also review it before approving it.

The council approved an agreement between the city and Charles Joseph Pell Architects, Inc., for work and services done on the Chautauqua building as funds become available.

“We have about $3,000 to get started,” Bolinger said. “We can get started while fundraising and grant seeking.”

City Attorney John Freeman recommended that terms regarding a time limit be added to the agreement.

The council set a public hearing for the bond issuance on the sewer project for August 7 at 7 p.m.

Bolinger reported on a recent visit to Bethany’s skateboard park. Their concrete pad was already in place and the equipment was rented there for trial.

“There were quite a few out there skating on it,” Bolinger said. “It looked like the kids really enjoyed it.”

“Our youth group is still fundraising and could pour the concrete pad by spring,” he added. “We need to take a look at and discuss location of our park.”

Commissioner Joe Beck reported that police department is looking into ordinance changes regarding inoperable vehicles left on streets and in yards in town.

The council also approved the parade route for the Shelbyville High School Homecoming Parade and the employee health insurance renewal rates for 2007.

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