Gahanna City Council held a special meeting Monday night and authorized the parks department to apply for two grants that would fund a $400,000 trail along the Big Walnut Creek.

Gahanna City Council held a special meeting Monday night and authorized the parks department to apply for two grants that would fund a $400,000 trail along the Big Walnut Creek.

Parks and recreation director Tony Collins said the city would apply for a federal grant and a state grant. He said the chance is "good" that the city would get at least one of the grants.

The trail would include scenic outlooks and other amenities but no active recreation facilities, such as an athletics fields.

Collins said the trail fits in with other regional plans, including a path from Three Rivers Metro Park to Blendon Woods Metro Park. The Gahanna trail would be part of that trail.

In addition to its special meeting, council also held its committee meetings. During the service committee's meeting, other construction projects were discussed.

City engineer Karl Wetherholt asked council for money to fund the plans for the long-discussed second bridge over I-270. It would run from Pizzurro Park, where the roadway is stubbed and blocked with concrete barriers. From there, it would cross a field and connect to another stubbed street, Tech Center Drive. It would provide another exit from the city, he said, particularly in the city's industrial zone.

"With the new programs that are being announced by the federal government, is there an opportunity to " council member Shane Ewald started to ask.

"Yeah," Wetherholt said.

Ewald wanted to know if the project would qualify for President Barack Obama's proposed stimulus package to pay for infrastructure projects.

"We don't know enough about it to give you some kind of announcement," Wetherholt said. "But we're hoping a whole lot that that happens because it accelerates the budget."

The Obama administration has said the money would go to projects for which planning work is completed and that could begin immediately.

Those plans would finish out the design for extending the roadway from Tech Center Drive to South Hamilton Road. The measure calls for the appropriation of $221,915 that was left over in the capital budget, Wetherholt said.

Measures forwarded to council were as follows:

Eliminate the cable advisory board: The state has taken over control of regulating cable-service providers.

Purchase two new Dodge Charges to replace a 2004 and a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers.

Purchase materials to replace fire hydrants.

Contract to repair the swale on Parkedge Drive. Public-service director Terry Emery said the city needs to fix an erosion problem there. The city has roped off the area to keep the public out, he said.

Contract with Columbus FiberNet to maintain the city's fiber-optics lines.