OAKLAND CITY — Oakland City Common Council Tuesday agreed to seek funding for local bike trails.

Mayor James Deffendall presented the request to the council on behalf of Brad Scales, with the nonprofit Trail Heads. Scales first approached the city with the project in May.

The Boonville-based organization has been organizing after-school bike clubs for 11 years, taking kids on rides about once a week. Scales presented the city with project development ideas for New Lake and Wirth Park, which would come in conjunction with the formation of a bike club at Wood Memorial High School and Junior High.

The council earlier approved the project idea, and Tuesday’s action allows them to seek grants to fund the program.

Scales previously said they would ideally apply for grant funds through the Indiana Trails Program. Scales said it requires a 20% match, and they could use volunteer labor to help offset costs.

Deffendall and council member AJ Cooper said they have heard a lot of feedback regarding the project.

“It’s nice to see good, positive stuff going out,” Cooper said.

Other business:

The common council approved spending up to $750 for an ice machine for the community center at Wirth Park.

Eleven new red oaks were planted at Wirth Park and three at the upper beach area at New Lake.

City fireworks are set for June 26 at the Oakland City Golf Course.

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