The Allen County Commissioners this morning accepted a nearly $3.3 million state grant that will allow the beginning stages of a Pufferbelly Trail extension in northern Allen County.
The trail would stretch 4.33 miles from a trailhead near Lifebridge Church at Union Chapel and Corbin roads in Perry Township to Fitch Road, south of the Allen-DeKalb county line.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources grant will pay for engineering studies and right-of-way acquisition for the trail, said Chris Cloud, chief of staff for the commissioners.
The trail is part of the connector to the Poka-Bache Trail, which will link Pokagon State Park in Steuben County to Ouabache State Park in Wells County.
Contracts are expected to be awarded late this year or early in 2020, Cloud said.
The commissioners also approved an update to the agreement it has with Fort Wayne for Animal Care and Control. The county would pay more for some services and less for others, but the new agreement will cost approximately $155,000 to $170,000 annually, Cloud said.