The Village of Oregon is moving ahead with a plan to construct a three-mile bicycle/pedestrian path from the Alpine Business Park to Fish Hatchery Road after securing more funding.
The Village Board learned Monday that the Dane County Board of Supervisors had included $75,000 for the project in its 2014 Capital Budget. The board formally accepted the funding, and the village will add the money to its Oregon Bike Path fund.
Village officials also plan to apply for a second Dane County Partners for Recreation and Conservation (PARC) grant, which has a May 2 deadline.
The village was awarded a $250,000 matching PARC grant in May 2011, and appears to be well-positioned to receive the second grant.
In a Jan. 16 letter to the village, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi wrote “new eligibility criteria … puts more emphasis on projects that are shovel-ready.”
He explained that means the funding cannot be applied to “construction plans and specifications.”