August 9, 2018
A series of four Landowner Listening Sessions were held in August 2018. Invitations were sent to property owners adjacent to the proposed trail routes in Elk Rapids Township and Acme Township in July 2018 (over 500 postcards were mailed). The first two sessions were held at the Williamsburg Event Center in Acme on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The second two sessions were held at the Lighthouse Community Center in Elk Rapids on Thursday, August 9, 2018. In total, sixty people attended the sessions.
Each meeting included a presentation on the history and current status of the proposed TC ↔ CHX Trail project and an introduction to the trail route alternatives identified between Acme and Elk Rapids. Attendees were asked to share their input using comment cards and large maps.
The listening sessions were a first step in the preliminary design process. Based on input received from Elk Rapids Township residents, the study area was expanded following the sessions to include alternative routes along the east and west side of US-31 between N. Bayshore Dr and Williams Rd. As follow-up, a meeting summary and information on how to stay informed and engaged was sent out to participating land owners. TART Trails staff has also been meeting with adjacent land owners upon request.
View a summary of the Landowner Listening Sessions from August 2018 here.