The Trails for Richmond Action Committee is rallying its supporters as the City Council prepares to decide on allocating legal settlement funds to Bay Trail projects in the city.
The item is on the Richmond City Council agenda for Tuesday.
TRAC sent the following message Sunday to its email list:
This Tuesday, the Richmond City Council will decide how to appropriate the $669,000 it has received as compensation for lost shoreline recreation caused by the Cosco Busan oil spill. TRAC asks that you go to http://www.pointrichmond.com/baytrail/whatnow.htm by end of day Monday, July 23 where you may easily send an email letting the City Council know your preferences among the several Bay Trail projects being considered.
As described in the attached report, the Public Works Director recommends that $235K of these funds be used to complete the Shipyard 3/Brickyard Cove Bay Trail Gap Closure, and that the entire balance of $434K be used to fund upgrades of existing Bay Trail in the Marina Bay area. TRAC prefers that more be allocated to closing gaps in the Bay Trail, rather than spending 65% of the funds for upgrading existing trail sections. TRAC fully supports allocation of the recommended $235K to the Shipyard 3/Brickyard Cove Bay Trail Gap Closure, but would like to see $254K used to supplement other grant funds to complete the Plunge Bay Trail Gap Closure Project as requested by the City’s Engineering Dept. The remaining $180K (27%) could used to upgrade existing Bay Trail sections in Marina Bay.
After reading the attached staff report, please go to http://www.pointrichmond.com/baytrail/whatnow.htm by end of day Monday, July 23 where you may easily send an email to City Council saying how you’d like them to allocate this $669K among Bay Trail Projects.