Wellington could be getting a hiking and biking path in the future.

Wellington could be getting a hiking and biking path in the future. The idea was brought up in a work session in late November.

The City of Wellington has an opportunity to submit an application for a Transportation Enhancement Grant. The Park Board has heard the proposal that would occur in two phases. Phase One would be a path from Century Park to Woods Park, the second phase would be a loop around Woods Park.

The Park Board members preferred to tackle Phase Two first, as Phase One would require Union Pacific Railroad easements. Should he City be awarded the grant and proceed with the Woods Park loop, the cost of the project would be $409,000, the State would take 80 percent of the cost, with the City picking up the remaining 20.

The deadline for the grant application is February 2013. At the City Council meeting last week, more discussion took place with the Council wanting more information about the endeavor. The $81,000 the City would be responsible for is not in the budget for next year.

The City staff suggested the project could potentially be funded with oil and gas lease money the City has received, but the Council didn’t want to go that route just yet. Before it’s decided if Wellington will even apply for the grant City staff must crunch the numbers to find out exactly how the hiking and biking paths will be funded.

It will be awhile before the Council meets again to review the information gathered by the staff as the governing body opted to cancel the first January meeting. The meeting would have fallen on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 The next City Council meeting will be the regularly scheduled, Jan. 15 meeting.