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The Connecting Lenawee Task Force CLTF) works under the One Lenawee umbrella. One Lenawee is a collaboration of Lenawee County volunteers dedicated to making Lenawee County a great place. The Connecting Lenawee Task Force is currently focusing on connecting our community through non-motorized pathways.
With funding assistance from the Lenawee Health Network, Michigan Department of Human Health Services, and ProMedica, the CLTF created the Connecting Lenawee Plan, which is a non-motorized vision for Lenawee County. As a result of the planning process, two of the priority projects is the extension of the Kiwanis Trail to Tecumseh and implementing improvements to the existing Kiwanis Trail.
To extend the trail to Tecumseh, the estimated cost is $750,000. Several funding sources have been identified including: Act 51, MDOT Transportation Alternatives Program, Safe Routes to School, CMAQ, community infrastructure projects, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources opened their grant programs for 2017 and CLTF is interested in pursuing a development grant under the Land and Water Trust Fund.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides financial assistance through its recreation grants program to communities within the State that want to acquire land for parks and open spaces or that want to develop recreation facilities. To be eligible to apply for these grants, a community must have an approved five-year plan on file with Grants Management of the Department of Natural Resources. Lenawee County has an approved five-year plan on file with the State.
CLTF would like Lenawee County to act as the applying agency for a Michigan Land and Water Trust Fund grant on behalf of the Connecting Lenawee Task Force. The grant funds would be used to offset a portion of the cost of the proposed Kiwanis Trail extension.