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      Wapello County Supervisors support trails project

      The Wapello County Board of Supervisors pledge their support to the expansion of the trail system.

      The supervisors unanimously agreed to support the Wapello County Trails Council's latest project. That project is to build a tunnel under Highway 34 near Quincy Avenue. The tunnel would connect the north and south side trails and offers a safe way to get across the busy road.

      The total cost for the project is around $600,000, which the board found expensive. However, since they're only committing $1,000, they decided to back the project.

      "It does do a good thing, it's a lot of money," said Steve Siegel. "I was probably not the most vociferous supporter of the project, but month after month, the vast, vast majority of the folks on the trails committee, this was their top priority and it's what they fundraised around at the Tips for Trails this year, so it's all systems go."

      The majority of the project is funded by a Vision Iowa grant and from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The city of Ottumwa will also be providing engineering services.

      The board also approved federal aid for the county highway bridge program. That funding will go toward work on the northern half of the Eldon Bridge.