Flint Hills Nature Trail as it runs through Osage City, currently
passable by walkers and bikers. A project to pave the trail was
scrapped by the city council July 12.
Wayne White | Managing Editor
OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Council faced a roomful of citizens
last week, most of which expressed concern about recent council
Topics of public comment at the July 12 meeting ranged from the
council’s recent rejection of a long-term project to construct
a concrete trail through part of town to the ongoing disrepair
of a section of Seventh Street.
Most of the citizens who spoke about the trail project expressed
similar viewpoints that they were disappointed the project had
been canceled after years of planning and taxpayers’ investment
of almost $300,000.
Before the meeting was over, the council heard from a representative
of the Kanza Rails-Trails Conservancy the trail project would
continue and eventually cross the city on the old Missouri Pacific
Railroad right of way, but without city or state participation.
The result will be a gravel trail instead of a concrete sidewalk
as was to be funded in part by a state grant secured six years
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