Story City Trails Visioning Project needs your help

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

The City of Story City is asking members of the community, young and old alike, trail users and non-trail users, for their input on the Story City Trails Visioning Project. On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. members of the trail committee will offer aerial photos and information about Story City’s trail system in the meeting room at Bertha Bartlett Public Library. The committee would like those who attend to mark on the photos the areas you would like to see improvements made, such as landscaping, seating, bike racks, signs, etc. The committee also wants any comments or opinions of things you might think would make the trail system better. The locations you mark on the photographs and the comments you make will be collected, analyzed and prioritized, and a final design concept will then be made. This concept will be reviewed by the local Story City Trail Visioning Steering Committee, design concepts drawn, and followed later by an open meeting presentation for the entire community to view the finished plan. Those who gave their comments and information will also be able to see how their input helped form the completed plan - a plan that will ultimately make Story City’s bike and hiking trails better, more beautiful and user friendly.

Please accept this as your personal invitation to join the trail committee on November 7 and make your comments, opinions and recommendations heard, and to make Story City’s trail system one that you can say “I helped make better!”

The Trail Visioning Program is funded by the Iowa DOT Living Roadways and Trees Forever. Story City is one of just four communities chosen to receive a grant for this program. Brad Riphagen is the Trees Forever Field Coordinator for the project and Emily Swihart is the designer who will be doing the design work and presentation boards for the public meeting.

Members of the Story City Trail Visioning Steering Committee include Karen Burk, John Moran, Denny Michel, Dwayne Fiihr, Julie Thompson, Patsy Jensen, Al Holm, Pete Tekippe, Mike Marti, Clark Thompson, Tom Wynia, Tony Hogan, Dean Struecker, Keith Morgan, LeRoy Kester, Mark Jackson and Mike Jensen.