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Lehi officials consider mountain bike trail proposal

By Linda Petersen
Some local families plan to apply for a Utah State Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant to fund a four- to five-mile mountain bike trail on city-owned property at Traverse Mountain. They brought their proposal to the Lehi City Council and mayor to discuss it with them on April 25.
The grant is a 50/50 match and half of the 50 percent match could be from in-kind donations. The families said they are hoping to get $40,000 from the grant and $40,000 from Lehi City, with half of that being an in-kind donation.
Community Development Director Kim Struthers said the open space deeded to Lehi City in Traverse Mountain could be developed for mountain bike trails and displayed a map of the proposed trail layout.
City officials expressed overall support of the project but said they were concerned that the application for the grant this year might be premature. Mayor Bert Wilson said that he thinks it would be better to apply for the grant when the project is shovel ready, while Council Member Steve Marchbanks said he is concerned that parks developed by volunteers are often not installed correctly, leading to significant maintenance issues down the road. He wants to ensure the trail is done professionally and right.
Assistant City Administrator Robert Ranc, who supports the project, suggested that the city fund the engineering and design of the mountain bike park from the current budget. Once it is designed, the city could apply for the grant to help build it next year. He said that he would also like to have the mountain bike community ask for corporate sponsorships to help fund the project.
The families responded that they want to apply this year and that if the project isn't ready and they were awarded the grant, they could turn it down this year. The city council took the matter under advisement and did not take any formal action on the proposal.
At the same meeting, the city council voted to use $240,400 in CDBG funds coming to the city to replace a pressurized irrigation line on 100 North between 100 and 300 East and to install curb and sidewalks on the south side of the street. UDOT had previously requested use of the funds to put in eight ADA-compliant bus stops. After a discussion, city council members concluded that they should take care of the needs of the city first.
On April 11, the city council rejected an application for a 90-unit senior housing development 3200 N. 1200 West, which is a commercial zone. City Council Member Johnny Revill said that he would love to see the development in Lehi but feels this is not the right location. He expressed concern that there might not be enough existing infrastructure and services in the area to support the project. Mayor Bert Wilson echoed Revill's sentiments. When the item was put to a vote, the council voted unanimously to deny the application. The development had previously received a unanimously negative recommendation from the planning commission.
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