HJ - Ghost Walk on Trail 2018

Parents and children walk along the Clarinda Community Trail around City Park during the Optimist Club’s 2018 Ghost Walk. Plans are to extend the trail along East Washington from North Sixth Street to North 11th Street. The park trail will be used again for this year’s Ghost Walk scheduled 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. (Herald-Journal file photo)

Step by step, the Clarinda Community Trail Committee is hoping to create a walking path that will connect several key locations within the city.

The initial phase of the trail project consisted of constructing a one-mile concrete path around Clarinda City Park. Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said phase two of the project will extend along East Washington Street from North Sixth Street to North 11th Street where Foster Manor is located.

The planned third phase would continue on East Main Street from 11th Street to 15th Street. Although final details for the fourth phase of the trail have not been confirmed, McClarnon said that stage of the project would likely connect Main Street and the Lied Public Library by way of South 15th Street.

Initially, the second phase of the trail project was expected to extend south past Wibholm Hall and the Cow Palace at the Page County Fairgrounds. The trail would have then followed East Garfield Street west to the Lied Public Library.

However, complications with East Garfield Street forced the route of the trail to be altered.

“Garfield Street is not as well lit and there were some obstacles that would be expensive to address. We felt Washington Street was a much safer route,” McClarnon said.

To assist with the planning and development of the second phase of the Clarinda Recreational Trail project, the St. Joseph, Missouri, branch of Snyder and Associates has been selected to serve as the project engineers. A contract with the firm was approved Wednesday, Oct. 9, by the Clarinda City Council.

“The rec trail committee has recommended we go with them to do the design work and, when construction starts, to do the construction services part of it as well,” McClarnon said. “I’m pretty comfortable with Snyder and Associates. They’ve done all the rec trails down in St. Joe, so they know what they’re doing.”

Under the terms of the contract, the total engineering fees were set at $52,600. That includes $29,000 for the design work, $17,000 for construction services and $6,600 for surveys and easements.

During the first phase of the trail project, the city contributed $25,000 toward the trail project as well as providing in-kind services. McClarnon estimated the total contribution from the city was $50,000.

However, there are no in-kind services the city can provide in the second phase because the trail will follow the streets and city right of ways. Therefore, McClarnon recommended the city pay for the engineering fees.

“If the city would agree to pay for the engineering fees, then all other donations and grants would go just strictly toward the construction,” McClarnon said. “In the first phase of the rec trail we kind of threw the engineer fees all in with the whole project. So, donations and grants paid for it.”

Although the contract with Snyder and Associates was approved, McClarnon said no bid-letting or actual construction would take place until the necessary grants and donations have been secured to finance the second phase of the trail project.

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