THE COOK FAMILY FOUNDATION presented a check for $5,000 on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to the Trail Joint Powers Committee to help make improvements to the James Miner Trail along the Shiawassee River. Recently, four jurisdictions – Caledonia Township, the city of Corunna, the city of Owosso, and the Shiawassee Airport Board – agreed to legally share the responsibility of maintaining and improving the trail, which runs for approximately five miles between Owosso and Corunna.

The foundation’s grant matches contributions made by several units of government to the Trail Joint Powers Committee, a legal entity created under state law. In addition, personal contributions have been made for several years as part of the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.

“The James Miner Trail serves the entire community, and we are proud to be part of a community-wide, multi-jurisdictional effort to keep up the trail,” said Thomas Cook, Executive Director of the Cook Family Foundation. “We can accomplish more when we work together.”

The members of the Trail Joint Powers Committee thanked Cook for the generous donation, and Corunna City Planner and Trail Joint Powers Committee member

Merilee Lawson pointed out that forming the intergovernmental committee will make grant funding more accessible to the stewards of the trail. The committee will be making improvements to the trail’s surface by removing stumps, and clearing brush to maintain the trail’s width.

Cook and committee members gathered Dec. 6 near the beginning of the trail in McCurdy Park for the check presentation. Shown (from left) are Caledonia Township Trustees Rick Holzheuer and Gerry Hagadon; Corunna Mayor Chuck Kerridge and his wife, Donna; Owosso City Manager Don Crawford; Thomas Cook, Owosso City Planner Sue Montenegro; Lawson; and Corunna City Council member Michael White.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Cook Family Foundation Presents Check was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by Karen Elford