By CASSIDY GEOGHEGAN/Montana State News

Saturday, April 20, is Earth Day and the city of Bozeman has planned a Clean Up Day and Sustainability Fair for that day. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bogert Park Pavilion.

Also to be discussed at Monday night’s meeting will be the recommendation to authorize the City Manager to sign an agreement with Gallatin County to allow the county to act as the lead party in managing the construction of a bike/pedestrian path along Oak Street. This project will be paid for with Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) funds.

The City Commission meets at 6 p.m. Monday in City Hall.

The CTEP Capital Improvement Projects have funded past outdoor projects, including but not limited to: missing sidewalks, bike/pedestrian facilities and missing accessible curbs.

The recommended bike/pedestrian path is to be on the south side of Oak Street and at this point in time it is under both Gallatin County and city of Bozeman jurisdiction. Early on in the process it was said that Gallatin County would bundle it with other bike/pedestrian pathways in order to cut costs. The agreement must be made in order to delegate the funds to the County under the City’s right of way.

The city’s CTEP fund will cover the $24,415.50 cost of the project. Additionally, the city of Bozeman will be responsible for covering the $3,083.18 in matched CTEP funds and indirect county administration fees. All matching funds and the county’s costs have been accounted for in the preliminary budgets when the CTEP funds were originally granted to the city.

Edited by Kevin Knapek

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