Iron Belle Trail


Description:

The Iron Belle Trail project consists of the construction of an 11.5 mile long, 10 foot wide, crushed limestone trail starting at Passenheim Rd in Waters, and extending north to Fairview Rd in Gaylord.  The trail is an extension of the North Central State Trail, which begins at Fairview Rd in Gaylord and extends north to Mackinaw City.  The local trail project is part of the larger state Iron Belle Trail, planned to be Michigan’s “showcase trail”.  Once completed, the trail will extend over 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the U.P. to Belle Isle in Detroit.  The trail through Otsego County will be open to snowmobile traffic starting December 1st, 2018. Final completion and opening of the trail to pedestrian traffic will occur in Spring 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

State Wide Overview
           
Iron Belle Trail Plans

Photos:  

 

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant: $1,380,000.00
  • Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant: $600,000.00
  • Iron Belle Trail grant: $30,000.00
  • Local funding between Otsego County, Otsego Lake Township, and Bagley Township: $610,000.00
  • Department of Natural Resources Trail Program grant: $318,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

NEMCOG Article

DNR Iron Belle Trail Informational Website


IRON BELLE TRAILHEAD


Description:

The Iron Belle Trailhead will be built on the east side of the railroad tracks between Main and Mitchell streets.  The project is part of the Iron Belle Trail expansion and will include a pavilion with outdoor seating and restrooms, an area for parking, landscaping, and bike racks.  The preliminary design incorporates key design elements from both the City Streetscape Project and the County Lawn Project.  The entrance to the trailhead would be on Main and exit on Mitchell.  The project is estimated to start in Spring 2019, with a completion date of Summer 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

Iron Belle Trailhead Preliminary Drawing

Preliminary Pavilion Rendering

Rendered Trailhead Concept

Photos:

N/A

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan DNR Trust Fund:  $300,000
  • Michigan DNR Recreational Trails Program:  $400,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

9&10 News Article


OTSEGO COUNTY LIBRARY


Description:

The Otsego County Library is seeing space added onto the west and north sides as well as the construction of a second floor.  Overall, the project will consist of approximately 15,100 sf of additional space; an approximately 8,800 sf addition to the first floor, and an approximately 6,300 sf addition of a new second floor.  The main floor addition will accommodate a much larger youth area, where families will find age-appropriate spaces for preschoolers to teens.  The upper level will house a meeting room for Library programming, with an after-hours entrance for use by community groups, as well as space for storage, archives, and future needs.  The planned completion of the addition is late December 2018.

Plans & Renderings:

Lower Level Plan

Upper Level Plan

Library Site Plan

Library 3D Rendering

West and South View

North and East View

Photos: 

 

Funding Sources:

  • 6-year 0.375 Bond Millage: $2,250,000.00
  • Designated Building Fund: $100,000.00
  • Delinquent Tax Fund: $100,000.00
  • Library’s Technology Fund:  $45,501.00
  • Otsego County Community Foundation/Library Fund: $93,650.00
  • Friends of the Library: $15,000.00
  • Private Donations: $5,500.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

 


ENTRANCE TO GROEN NATURE PRESERVE


Description:

The Groen Nature Preserve New Entrance Drive and Parking Lot Project consists of the installation of a new crushed limestone driveway, parking lot and pathway, concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter, and cultured stone veneer pillared entrance with an asphalt approach.  The entire drive will be landscaped with approximately 70 sugar maple trees.  The project is slated to begin in Spring of 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

Groen Site Plan

Gate Rendering

Photos: 

N/A

Funding Sources:

  • Groen Project Trust Fund: Amount To Be Determined (still in bidding process)

e.  Newspaper articles:

Otsego County Parks and Recreation Groen Nature Preserve Webpage 

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

 


COMMUNITY CENTER BLEACHERS


Description:

The Gaylord Community Center recently received a face-lift in the form of updated seating.  The Community Center Bleacher Project consisted of removing the old wooden seats in the gymnasium and replacing them with bleachers.  The project was completed in the summer of 2018.

Plans & Renderings: 

N/A

Photos:

 

Funding sources:

  • Parks and Recreation Department

Newspaper articles:

Community Center Webpage

 


WATERS TRADING POST AND GAYLORD INFORMATION CENTER DEMOLITION


Description:

The old Trading Post building in Waters is being demolished to make room for a trailhead as part of the Iron Belle Trail extension through Otsego County. In conjunction with the demolition of the Trading Post, the former Information Center in Gaylord will be demolished. The space made as a result of the demolition will be used to expand the employee parking area for the Otsego County Building. Both projects are were completed in November 2018.

Plans & Renderings:

Information Center Overview

Trading Post Overview

Photos:


Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County Tax Foreclosure Fund: $39,598.48

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

 


COUNTY BUILDING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS


Description:

Otsego County’s downtown building will be glowing with holiday spirit this year will help from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. The building will be decorated with Christmas lights which will be lit in a lighting event held on December 1st and will be displayed throughout the holiday season.

Plans & Renderings:

N/A

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County Capital Projects Fund: $8,600.00

Newspaper Articles:

N/A

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