City installs connector trail

Findlay has installed the first connector trail along a roadway, Hancock Park District Director Gary Pruitt told the board during its regular meeting Tuesday.
The trail, funded with a Safe Route to School grant, begins near Sixth and Main streets and goes west to Lima Avenue near the state Department of Natural Resources office, then goes into West Park neighborhood. The trail could be extended east to Main Street.
Although the trail was not part of the multi-trail master plan previously released by the park district, Pruitt said it “fits perfectly” with the concept and serves as a demonstration project of what can be done to connect neighborhoods for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The board approved a resolution to appropriate more than $31,507 as a severance package for Dan Boyd, who recently retired.
The package includes unused sick leave, vacation time and about $450 Medicare payment.
Demolition of a barn at Aeraland Recreation Area began last week, and two additional barns will be demolished over the next six weeks.
A cabin at the Blanchard River Nature Reserve is being prepared for demolition, too.
Because of the close proximity to trees, a controlled burn was ruled out, Pruitt said, and the park district will contract to have the structure carefully dismantled.
Commissioners Gary Hirschfeld and Scott Younger, Pruitt and Vicky Stozich, business manager, toured Litzenberg Memorial Woods with Joe Mosher. park manager.
Commissioner Barb Deerhake was absent.
Also, the group toured Blanchard Landing, where a concrete canoe launch ramp and steps will be constructed.
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