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Mine revitalization money could help New Phila build trail to Roswell

| August 25, 2022

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Aug. 24, 2022) – The city will be seeking grant money to build a walking and biking trail between the east side of town and the village of Roswell. 

Mayor Joel Day says ODNR’s Division of Mineral Resources Management has approved the city’s request to apply for its Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization program. However, that doesn’t guarantee the project will be funded.

“The AMLER grant program is very competitive. ODNR said 24 other communities received approval to apply for funding.”

Day says the proposed trail would follow the city-owned railroad right-of-way that runs from Beaver Avenue Northeast out State Route 39 to the Roswell corporation limit.

“The route traverses an area where deep, slope and strip mines were once located. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the project at around $3.2-million.”

The city has until September 16th to submit its application.

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