The City of Northfield is taking a second run at a controversial trail project.
If realized, the “TIGER Trail” will link the downtown area to northwest Northfield. The city went out for bids in mid-August, but did not attract a single offer. Tuesday night, the Northfield City Council authorized city staff to try again. According to the Northfield News, the vote to move ahead with the project was split four to three, with Mayor Dana Graham, Council Member David Ludescher and Council Member David DeLong in the dissenting minority.
The council also approved an amendment to the budget, adding approximately $273,000 to the city's contribution to the project, which will cost about $2.4 million in all. The Federal Highway Administration will pay a little less than half of the tab with a $1.06 million grant. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will contribute almost $600,000 as well.
The city hopes to have a new bumper crop of bids ready by mid-November.