State Rep. Ann Bollin and the Michigan House recently approved funding to repair a bridge on a multi-use trail in Livingston County’s Hamburg Township.
Bollin, of Brighton Township, said a measure advancing through the Legislature provides $50,000 to replace decking on the Hay Creek Bridge, which is part of the Lakelands Trail, a 34-mile-long trail system in Ingham and Livingston counties. The original railroad bridge was built in the 1890s and was converted for trail use in 1994.
“The Lakelands Trail is a beautiful asset to our community,” Bollin said. “This project is needed to keep the bridge safe and make sure families can continue to hike, bike and enjoy the trail for many years to come.”
The project is included in annual recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The recommendations were made in December to the Legislature, which is working to finalize and authorize the plan.
Statewide, the measure approved by the House provides $37.8 million for 46 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects.
Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land – not general tax money – and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The money must be used for acquisition or recreational development projects, according to the Michigan Constitution.
The Natural Resources Trust Fund program dates back to the 1970s.
House Bill 4469 remains under consideration by the Senate.
State Rep. Ann Bollin, chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, today released the following statement on the House’s efforts to work with local clerks and election administrators to strengthen Michigan’s elections: