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Puyallup trail grant still undecided

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on Feb. 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm with No Comments »
February 5, 2009 1:59 pm

Puyallup officials have officially asked that the state Recreation and Conservation Office give them more time to buy property to extend city’s Riverwalk Trail.

The office could rescind $306,000 in grant money for the project since the city doesn’t have a purchase agreement for the land in place. The city was supposed to have reached an agreement with landowners by Feb. 1 as part of the grant terms.

Without the grant, Puyallup parks director Ralph Dannenberg said the trail project could be delayed a year or more.

Myra Barker, a grant manager with the Recreation and Conservation Office, said that the city now has sent in a formal request for more time.

The office has yet to decide whether it will grant or deny the request, Barker said. She said she couldn’t speculate when a decision would be made by the RCO director.

Puyallup officials have been trying to annex the area that includes the five acres needed for the trail for several years.

Some of the landowners involved say they want the annexation to be finalized before they sell the city the land for the trail extension.

City officials said last month they are optimistic the annexation deal will be done sometime in February. The land for the trail could be finalized as part of the annexation agreement, City Manager Gary McLean said.

I’ll be keeping on this to see what happens with the grant money for the trail. Stay tuned.

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