Originally Posted Online: May 15, 2013, 6:50 pm
Last Updated: May 16, 2013, 12:13 am

Rapids City faces costly bike trail repairs

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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com

RAPIDS CITY -- Rapids City trustees on Tuesday learned that they will have to use $23,000 of the parks and recreation budget to repair a section of the bike trail that washed into the Mississippi River during the recent heavy rains.

About 50 feet of the bike path and embankment slid into the river, and the village is responsible for the repairs, trustees were told.

Public works superintendent Ryan Bump said he received a bid from Phoenix Corporation to fix the trail by removing some trees along the bank, reinforcing the embankment with riprap and pouring the new path. He expects work to begin immediately.

Mr. Bump told trustees that "further stabilization may be necessary" for other parts of the bike path in the future.

In other action, Trustee Nicole Dopler said the new playground equipment for the park at 4th Avenue and 14th Street has arrived, and volunteers are needed to build the structure. Construction is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1.

The recently elected officers were also sworn in, including Greg Rankin as village president, EmiliePrice as clerk, and Nicole Dopler, Craig Schneider and Don Clark as trustees.

Retiring trustee Mary Beth Eggers thanked the village personnel for their dedication to the community, and urged citizens to become more engaged with city politics and to let civility rule.