The Duncan Banner

April 10, 2013

Heritage Trails chairman confident May meeting will happen

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Heritage Trails Planning Committee, which was originally scheduled to meet Tuesday, has decided ... again ... to postpone their meeting until 2 p.m. May 7. At that time, the committee plans to be able to begin discussing how they can secure funds to finance the project.

The committee involves members from the City of Duncan, the Simmons Center, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Duncan Regional Hospital and Duncan Public Schools. The group has come together to plan the construction of a paved 5k trail that would wind across town with sections on land owned by each of these different entities.

The committee last met Jan. 15 when it was decided the committee needed to come up with answers to questions regarding liability and maintenance issues. Since then, committee meetings have been cancelled three times while waiting for resolvement of these issues.

Committee Chairman Scott Stone said the questions include: “What are liability concerns that the partners will have and how can those be addressed? and What entity will take charge of the maintenance and upkeep of the trails?”

“The entities own land on which those proposed trails run,” Stone said. “For that reason, we have had to spend the last few months developing an understanding and deciding what roles those entities are going to play.”

Stone also said he is confident they will meet in May as they have a general memorandum of understanding in hand.

“We do have a document now that awaits final review before proceeding,” he said. “We do anticipate that we, very shortly, will have the document in place and will be able to move on with fundraising and grant writing to finance the project.”

That meeting is set to be held in the Simmons Center Conference Room.