County secures Legacy Grant for Springvale Park project

Disc golf course, trail extension on tap for 2012

By Greg Hunt

Isanti County is getting its share of funds from the state’s Legacy Grant pot, thanks to successful grant writing from Parks Director Barry Wendorf. The latest amount secured by Wendorf– and gratefully approved by the County Board at its Feb. 1 meeting– was $178,000 for upgrades to Springvale County Park for 2012.

Springvale Park, located 7 miles west of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, is the county’s largest park at 211 acres. Wendorf said the grant funds will develop a nine-hole disc golf course, a 1-mile paved extension of the trail system, construction of a natural resources interpretive shelter, along with adding a picnic table and three benches in the park. The county will have to match $22,000 (26 percent) for the upgrades which will come out of the 2012 Special Projects Fund and Parks Reserve Fund.

The County Board commended Wendorf for his continual improvements to the park system. Board Chair George Larson added that Wendorf has done a great job working with volunteers committed to helping maintain the parks, such as the Friends of Anderson Park group. Larson said he would like to see neighboring Friends groups organized for parks such as Springvale and Vegsund in Stanchfield Township.

Wendorf also received approval to pursue a “Federal Recreational Trail Program” grant to help purchase a 2011 Ski-Doo Scandic snowmobile to groom 10 miles of cross country ski trails within five Isanti County parks. In past winters (when there was actually snow), the trails were groomed by volunteers with their own snowmobiles, but Wendorf said those particular volunteers had work commitments which forced them to be taken off the list.

If the federal grant comes through for the Ski-Doo, Wendorf will be seeking volunteer groomers for next year’s ski season.


Township road allotment funds dispersed

Also at the Feb. 1 meeting, County Highway Engineer Richard Heilman notified the board that the 2012 allotment of gas tax funds will be dispersed to townships in Isanti County. The total dispersed is $260,593 and ranges from the largest amount of $30,753 in Bradford Township to $13,319 in Maple Ridge. The distribution formula is based on miles, population and tax rate.

Heilman also was approved to make the final payment of $60,405 for the Cambridge-Isanti Bike Trail to Knife River Corp. Heilman said the total cost for the trail’s construction came to $1.183 million– approximately $25,000 under budget. He said the paperwork has been submitted to the MN Dept. of Transportation and the DNR to get reimbursements for the project.


In other action, the board:

• Approved the Family Services Dept. promotion for Ann Broderson from Child Support to Financial Eligibility Worker. Also approved People Incorporated to be the vendor to assist with the Parent Support Outreach Program which is funded through a $25,000 grant.

• Approved hiring David Walz and Daniel Krause as part-time Heartland bus drivers.

• Set the County Board of Appeal & Equalization hearing for Wednesday, June 13 (6 p.m.).

Next meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.