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Residents say no to walking trail

Cari Doutre

Leader Staff Writer

The main consensus was “No” as several residents living along the Malad River told Tremonton City Council members they do not want a walking trail in their backyards.

The meeting held Tuesday night was heated as residents accused council members of, keeping them in the dark over a proposed trail that would span the length of residents backyards in Holmgren Estates along the east side of the Malad River.

“This has been a secret among all of you,” Jim Holmgren accused the council. “This ought to have been publicly known.”

Before things could really heat up councilman Byron Wood assured residents that nothing has been set in stone. Wood stated if the price is too high, the proposed trail may not even happen.

“It’s a lot of money and if it’s too much and nobody wants it, we won’t do it,” said Wood.

Right now the Tremonton City Council is merely looking at applying for a matching grant that would pay for acquiring easements on the property and a wetland study, about $80,000. The easements were there before homes were built and owners were made aware of it at the time they purchased their lots, said Terri Holmgren, a resident of Holmgren Estates.

The concept for the Malad River Trail was first made in 1978 as part of Tremonton City’s General Plan. In 1995 it was added to the Master Plan for parks and a study was conducted in 2011.

“Since 1978 not a lot has been done,” Tremonton City Manager Shawn Warnke added.

For more on this story pick up a copy of this week’s Leader.

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