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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Village of Colfax is still eligible for recreation grants from the state Department of Natural Resources.
Colfax is part of Dunn County’s Outdoor Recreation Plan, and as part of the plan, the village is eligible for the DNR’s recreation grants, said Addison Vang, Dunn County planner, at the Colfax Village Board’s November 26 meeting.
Vang spoke to the village board during the public comments portion of the meeting.
The recreation grants could be used to develop water access and boat landings on the Red Cedar River and to develop shoreland, parks, and hiking and snowmobile trails, Vang said.
Vang said he wanted to remind the village board that as part of the outdoor recreation plan, Colfax had listed recreation improvement projects.
The list of projects are a “rough plan,” and if the projects are not completed in the year in which they were listed, they can be rolled over into the next year, he said.
The advantage to being part of Dunn County’s Outdoor Recreation Plan is that when the village applies to the DNR for grants, the DNR can see thought has gone into the planning process, Vang said.
A walking path along 18-Mile Creek is part of the plan, he noted.
Vang left a spreadsheet with Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, and said the projects already completed could be checked off the spreadsheet and that new projects could be added, along with notes about any projects moved to another year.
Putting projects on the list is not an obligation to do the projects, he said.
“Put it in writing, and it can be added to the wish list as desired,” Vang said.
Colfax is in the process of finding out more information about the possibility of purchasing the piece of property directly west of the Red Cedar River between the lift station and the river.
Colfax High School students, under the direction of Mark Mosey, biology teacher, have already completed some work on hiking trails through the parcel by the river, Niggemann said.
If the village were to acquire the Xcel Property, perhaps adding to the hiking trails could be part of the outdoor recreation plan, along with the walking trail by 18-Mile Creek, she said.