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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:20 pm    Post subject: Cannon Valley Trail opportunity Reply with quote

The MnGCA received the following communication:


Dear Cannon Valley Trail supporter:

Would you be willing to write a letter of support for the Cannon Valley Trail? The Trail is applying for a Federal Recreational Trail Grant – Equipment Grant to purchase a tractor and attachments. The (initial paragraphs) is a description of why the tractor and attachments are needed. (Following that) is a sample letter of support.

The cost of a tractor and attachments will be approximately $75,000. The Federal Recreational Trail Grant – Equipment Grant covers 75% of the cost, which means the Cannon Valley Trail needs to raise 25% or $18,750. Although raising $18,750 will be difficult for the Trail, $18,750 is obtainable versus $75,000.

The Cannon Valley Trail, a 20-mile paved recreational trail in existence since 1986, connects the communities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing, and hosts 100,000 annual visitors. The trail is open to the public year-round.

This grant application is for funding to replace a 1993 tractor with 3900 use-hours with a new narrow design tractor and attachments.

o In 2013 some of the hydraulic hoses, the glow plugs, the fan belt, the front axle seals and the lift arms all had to be replaced on the 21-year-old tractor.

o Unless the current tractor is replaced the trail will incur the expenses of many additional repairs to the old tractor including: the replacement of the shuttle-shift linkage, the shift fork, the power take-off clutch, the oil pressure sending gasket and all of the other hydraulic hoses.

o Each year that the trail goes without replacing the old tractor the probability of not finding replacement parts in a timely manner increases, while at the same time the probability of the trail tractor being broken down for extended periods of time also increases. For example in 2013, when the fan belt needed replacement, it took two weeks to secure the part rendering the tractor inoperable. Fortunately during that time period there were no safety issues such as flooding or erosion that needed immediate attention.

o The narrow design of the new tractor allows more space for trail maintenance and trail usage to occur simultaneously. The purchase of a new tractor and its attachments will aid in maintenance and enhance the safety of the trail for trail users. Attachments include:

§ A 3-point quick hitch giving the ability to attach equipment easily with less risk of personal injury to trail staff.

§ Pallet forks that will allow trail staff the ability to lift materials and equipment.

§ To enhance the safety of the trail, a sweeper broom will give trail staff the ability to promptly remove silt and other materials from the trail. Currently a pressure sprayer is used to remove silt and other materials from the trail. Not only is operating a pressure sprayer in remote areas with little or no access to water a challenge, but the process itself is very time consuming for trail staff.

§ A grapple bucket will allow trail staff to remove debris from the trail after wind and flooding events.

§ A hydraulic back blade will allow trail staff to rebuild trail shoulders that have deteriorated.

Purchasing a tractor and attachments would allow the Cannon Valley Trail the ability to continue providing year round recreational opportunities to 100,000 trail visitors per year in a cultural and natural resource setting.





{DATE}

Traci Vibo, Grant Coordinator

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Trails and Waterways Division
500 Lafayette Road, Box 52
St. Paul, MN 55155

Re: Federal Recreational Trail Program - 2014 Equipment Grant Application - Cannon Valley Trail – Tractor and Attachments

Dear Traci Vibo:

{First sentence should start with request of support for Cannon Valley Trail – Tractor and Attachments.} {Use one or two sentences to describe yourself and why you care about this project or how you are connected to the Cannon Valley Trail.} If you are a trail user please identify what type of user you are: Hiking, biking, in-line skating and/or cross country skiing. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has stated letters of support written by trail users will be valued as high importance.

{Paragraph two should include two or three sentences on why this project is important. You can refer to the (initial paragraphs).}

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

{Your Name}


(edit)Dear Cannon Valley Trail supporter:
I would like to ‘restate’ that letters of support are to be emailed or mailed by the U.S. Post Office to the Cannon Valley Trail, and not to Traci Vibo who is the MN DNR Grant Coordinator.




The grant application is due February 28, 2014. I would appreciate your letter of support by February 21st. Please submit letters of support via email in PDF format to: trailmanager@cannonvalleytrail.com or mail to: Cannon Valley Trail, 825 Cannon River Avenue, Cannon Falls, MN 55009.

Your letter of support is appreciated.

Thank you.
Scott Roepke
Trail Manager
Cannon Valley Trail
507-263-0508[list=][/list]


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Rustynails
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Cannon Valley Trail, a 20-mile paved recreational trail in existence since 1986, connects the communities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing, and hosts 100,000 annual visitors. The trail is open to the public year-round."

They failed to mention the $5.00 fee to use the trail. We were on that trail last fall and paid the fee. 100.000 annual visitors X $5.00 = $500.000. Why are they short money? I know not everyone pays and there may be a annual fee for frequent users. But 100.000 is just an estimate.

The feds should be putting money into programs like federal unemployment extension and helping people in need before recreation programs.
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Copaman
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rustynails wrote:

They failed to mention the $5.00 fee to use the trail. We were on that trail last fall and paid the fee. 100.000 annual visitors X $5.00 = $500.000. Why are they short money? I know not everyone pays and there may be a annual fee for frequent users. But 100.000 is just an estimate.


Well, without Federal funds, you'll likely see that fee rise.

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The feds should be putting money into programs like federal unemployment extension and helping people in need before recreation programs.


That's a good question for your legislators. But regardless, in the world of federal budgets, that money has been earmarked and obligated. There's a big pot of millions of dollars for federal trails, and if this money doesn't go to the Cannon Valley Trail, it will still be spent and go to some trail down in Mississippi or something.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) Is the Board planning to give such a letter? Or are you asking us as individuals to consider doing so?

2) Any updates / contacts with the Trail people since October? (see thread)

http://mngca.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7308&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=cannon

Didn't seem like there was a lotta love for us geocachers at that time . . . which is not to say that the Board or individuals might not want to support this as a goodwill gesture.

If more info is available on current geocaching stance and policy direction along the trail, or if MNGCA has had any official contact with them, I'd be curious to hear about it.

Thanks
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plan on submitting my version of the letter because Copaman is exactly right, the dollars are already earmarked, for better or for worse. We might as well bring the money to our local area.

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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dornole wrote:
1) Is the Board planning to give such a letter? Or are you asking us as individuals to consider doing so?

2) Any updates / contacts with the Trail people since October? (see thread)

http://mngca.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7308&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=cannon

Didn't seem like there was a lotta love for us geocachers at that time . . . which is not to say that the Board or individuals might not want to support this as a goodwill gesture.

If more info is available on current geocaching stance and policy direction along the trail, or if MNGCA has had any official contact with them, I'd be curious to hear about it.

Thanks


1) The board has not discussed writing/not writing such a letter at this time. This communication was posted as an opportunity individual members could participate in if they so choose.

2) Contact information has been given to the trail as a resource to address any questions or concerns they may have regarding geocachers or geocaching.

Hopefully if the trail understands gecoachers are supportive good stewards of the trail, any ill will, if it does exist, can be disipated and reversed.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!!
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knowschad
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thrilled to see that they did get that money, and one other grant (I forget what the 2nd one was).

I was also thrilled to see that they were NOT successful in getting a grant from the DNR for solar powered drinking fountains along the trail. Good for the DNR for turning that one down!
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