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OTTUMWA — City council members approved a new feeder portion of the city’s trails network during an unusual midday meeting Friday.

The meeting had a bare quorum, with only three members present. It didn’t take long.

Kim Hellige of the trails council said the goal is to establish a network of connector routes that will help funnel people into Ottumwa Park and the trails network that runs through it and along the Des Moines River. The overall plan is not new, she said, and the initial steps were taken several years ago.

The route runs along Milner Street from Mary Street to Richmond Avenue. Public Works Director Larry Seals said the path will be eight feet wide and more than 4,000 feet long.

There is no city money involved in the project. The $377,169 cost is mostly funded by an Iowa Transportation Alternatives Program grant, with the remaining $75,434 coming from the Wapello Trails Council.

The council also approved an application for a $2 million surface transportation program grant to cover reconstruction of Mary Street from Shaul Avenue to Ferry Street. The work is tentatively scheduled for the 2023 construction season.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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