Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to modify a grant application they’re set to send to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, nixing a $453,000 portion that would have asked for money to extend a Greenway trail that runs between a dike that runs near Eighth Street Southeast in the city’s south end and the Red Lake River. Neighbors there have complained that people walk beyond the trail, along the dike there, and through private property and, more or less, through backyards. Extending the trail through the space between the dike and the water could, theoretically, keep people farther from the houses there because they’d stick to the trail.
Council member Clarence Vetter, whose ward encompasses the trail area, and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen said they heard from several homeowners near the trail who weren’t in favor of extending it.
“One was in favor, but had four or five requests for us to do before he would grant us an easement,” Vetter said, referring to the agreement the city would need to reach with property owners there to legally extend the public trail through the area. “The other said he wasn’t going to grant us an