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Sheboygan County seeks members for InterUrban Recreation Trail sub-committees

The Sheboygan County Planning and Resources Department is looking for interested individuals to participate on a number of sub-committees to work on items related to the Trailís development and work with the Sheboygan County Interurban Recreation Trail Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee has been meeting for the last few months and will help drive the development of a recreation trail along the corridor of the former Interurban Rail line from the Sheboygan-Ozaukee County line at County Road K through Cedar Grove and ending in Oostburg. The hope is that someday this trail will connect to the City of Sheboygan, likely via a marked trail along existing public roads.

Development of this recreation trail will complete the final segment of a regional recreation trail in the former Inter-Urban Rail corridor currently owned by Wisconsin Energies Corporation. Presently, the trail crosses portions of Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties, going through such communities as Milwaukee, Brown Deer, Mequon, Thiensville, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Port Washington.

The sub-committees will provide input and assist County Planning staff & the Interurban Trail Advisory Committee with trail development and promotion. Members of the group can expect to meet monthly for the first year. The sub-committees may be re-structured or dissolved once the trail is complete based on need.

Sub-Committees are as follows:

Natural Resources (Invasive species control, Native species re-introduction, Interpretive opportunities)

Donations (Facilitate fundraising activities)

Trailside Facilities (Develop a facilities placement plan including benches, waste facilities, restrooms, water, kiosks, signs for wayfinding & parking; facilitate the construction and placement of trail facilities)

Trail Use Surveys (Including surveys of the number and type of users on the trail at various times, an intensive count and interview process of trail users in regard to types of use, frequency of use, time of use, purpose of use, coordinate an economic impact survey)

Trail Maintenance (Identifying maintenance issues such as trail sweeping, shrub and tree pruning for trail clearance, pick-up and disposal of recycling and garbage such as bottles, cans, etc.)

Inter-Governmental Cooperation (Facilitate cooperation amongst the various public entities- DNR, Sheboygan County, Town of Wilson, Town of Holland, Village of Oostburg, Village of Cedar Grove)

Public Relations/Promotion (Promote the Trail, assist with landowner relations)

Historical/Cultural Resources Committee (Responsible for researching and promoting the history of the Interurban rail line)

Meeting days/times will depend upon the interest/availability of those expressing interest in membership.

Interested individuals can contact Shannon Haydin at the Sheboygan County Planning and Resources Department with questions, 920-459-3060 or via email at planning@co.sheboygan.wi.us.