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May 8, 2013

Committee members discuss Heritage Trails

DUNCAN —

The Heritage Trail project took a few steps closer to getting underway.
After nearly four months, 12 members of the Heritage Trails Committee met Tuesday at the Simmons Center to discuss various aspects of the project. The committee talked about topics ranging from liability coverage to raising funds to maintaining the trails throughout Duncan.
“Since the trails go across several partners’ properties — some of them have liability coverage and some don’t — we want to address these issues,” Scott Stone, committee chairman, said.
The City of Duncan, the Simmons Center, the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Duncan Regional Hospital, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Sanford Children’s Clinic and a few other entities were represented during the meeting.
The committee discussed the partner entities that have liability coverage, including the City of Duncan and Duncan Public Schools, and those that might be able to work with the city to get some, including Duncan Regional Hospital and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
Stone suggested the private entities (DRH and the Heritage Center) entering into a lease agreement with the City of Duncan to receive liability coverage through the city. Some of the entities, such as the Simmons Center, are housed on city property.
Another of the main topics discussed was the Memorandum of Understanding. This memorandum has been submitted to the City of Duncan, and the Sanford Children’s Clinic sent back a revised version of the memorandum as it pertains to the clinic.
“I haven’t fully looked into the Sanford revisions,” Stone said. “I don’t think we’ll have a problem with them. I don’t want to delay this process any further.”
When it came to maintenance, the committee said funds would be needed follow through. This was just one of several areas funds will be needed with the project, including the construction of the trails themselves.

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