OGDEN — With many opportunities still ahead to develop Ogden’s trail system, the city’s trail committee will live on for at least another three years.
The city council voted Tuesday night to extend the Ogden Trails Network Advisory Committee’s life until June 30, 2015.
Under the city’s sunset provision, which examines the viability of certain laws and committees and determines whether they should continue, the trails committee was set to expire this year.
But according to committee Chairman Michael Joseph, the committee that was first established in 1993 still has plenty of work to do.
Joseph said the committee has many broad-based strategic goals for the next three years — including the continued growth of the city trail system, updating trail master plans and promoting trail etiquette — but there is also a list of very specific operational goals.
The committee wants to form groups to provide needed maintenance, such as trail widening, erosion control and clearing of overgrowth.
The committee also wants to eliminate a set of unwanted trails between 12th Street and 29th Street, establish a connector route from the Beus Trailhead heading south and increase signage along all city trails.
During the past three years, the committee placed about 60 signs along the Ogden and Weber rivers, realigned trails near new water tanks above the 36th Street Trailhead, repaired and widened the Birdsong and Bonneville Shoreline Trails south of 29th Street, placed permanent restroom facilities at the mouth of Ogden Canyon and the 29th Street Trailhead and completed several other maintenance and repair projects.