Riverview receives DNR mini-grant to survey, design section of Iron Belle Trail

riv-dave-scurto-grant-copyBy SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – A Department of Natural Resources matching mini-grant will help pay for the survey and design of a non-motorized section of the Iron Belle Trail on Jefferson between Pennsylvania and Sibley.

Community Development Director David Scurto told city officials at a June 11 study session that the competitive Michigan DNR mini-grant will contribute $30,000, which Riverview must match, with an estimated July start date for the survey and design work.

Scurto said the agreement letters have been sent to the state, and that the city will work with City Engineer Souheil Sabak and the engineering firm of C.E. Raines on the project.

The Iron Belle Trail has routes for biking and hiking that cross from the western tip of the Upper Peninsula to the southeast corner of the Lower Peninsula. Using existing trails and connections, it is 68 percent complete.
For more information about the Iron Belle and a map, go to michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79206_83634—,00.html.

Scurto also reported that he submitted a grant application June 8 to DTE for a $3,000 tree grant for Young Patriots Park.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)