Tremonton City Council is moving forward with the proposed walking trail in the Malad River bottoms, but not with a unanimous vote of approval.
Council members Diana Doutre and Bret Rohde were in favor of approving the acquisition of 14 acres of land and signing an agreement with Holmgren Properties, LLC. “I think it would be a wonderful addition to our city,” Doutre said. “This is a very worthy place to have this type of thing.”
Council members Jeff Reese and Byron Wood were more concerned about the bottom-line cost to the city to make the land purchase and future development and voted against it. Councilman Lyle Holmgren abstained from voting, stating a conflict of interest, so Mayor Roger Fridal cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the trail. The approval also included the acquisition of land for creation of a trailhead and parking lot (.39 acres) near 300 E. and 600 N. The conservation easement will allow public access to 14 acres in the Malad River bottoms. A one-mile trail will be constructed along the toe of the hill and the river. The area inside the trail will be kept as a nature preserve.
Potential expenses to begin the project is about $146,000, but Holmgren Properties donated $82,000, to bring the cost down to $65,000. The city also received the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation matching grant, worth $20,000. Another $45,000 will go toward the parking lot property.
More of the story is available in this week’s Leader.