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Saugeen Shores Rail Trail Association Seeks Funds

Owen Sound | by Dave Carr  

Incoming chair makes request to town for $15K in 2019

The Saugeen Shores Rail Trail Association is looking for a grant of $15,000 from the town for 2019.

The request was made during a presentation to Committee of the Whole on December 10th.

Outgoing Association Chair Dave Cheer says its members donate thousands of hours of labour and time to the 40-kilometres of trails that might otherwise not get done because of cost.

Cheer says they seldom if ever receive complaints about the trails but there are issues that need to be addressed, with the most important being vandalism.

Another project they'd like to do is more trail paving, but this has proven to be much more expensive than anticipated but they're expecting an announcement of a special donation soon that could help this project along.

Cheer ended his portion of the presentation by saying, after 18-years with the group, it was time to retire and move onto other things.

Taking over is Jessica Carter who hopes the community will act as a watchdog when vadalism is committed along the trails.

Carter says she doesn't expect anyone to take the law into their own hands, but let officials know if something has happened.

She says the association has talked about trail cams to stem the vandalism but it's not clear whether or not that will go ahead.

Carter hopes they get the $15,000 from the town to help maintain the trails, along with buying new equipment.

One project they have on the books, is beautifying the entranceway to the trail on Concession 6 in South Port Elgin.

She says right now it's "pretty bland" and can be missed if you're not looking for it.

As far as a piece of advice from the retiring chair, Cheer says listen to the people who use the trails because they, in a way, dictate what the association should do to improve the trails.

The association's grant request has been referred to future budget discussions.

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