by Lauren KruparReporterCuyahoga Falls -- The first phase of a multi-stage, multi-purpose trail planned along Wyoga Lake Road was approved by City Council 8-1 July 23.Councilmember Mary Ellen Pyke (R-2) voted against the proposal and Councilmembers Debbie Ritzinger (D-1) and Ken Barnhart (R-3) were not at the meeting."This trail is approximately a quarter of a mile and costs $372,000," Pyke said. "I just felt it was too much money for 4/10ths of a mile."Community Development Director Susan Truby said the timing of the project and the relocation of utility poles increased the cost.City officials have estimated the construction of the first phase of the project at more than $372,000. A second and final proposed phase of the project would connect the trail to Seasons Road and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.No plans have been developed for the future phase, city officials said.The first phase would be 1,900 feet from Steels Corners Road to Hardman Drive on the east side of the road. Construction of the project could begin in August and be completed in 90 days, according to city officials.City officials said they would work with school officials during construction of the project.The Wyoga Lake Trail is part of the Summit County Trail and Greenway Plan to link local trails to the Summit County hike and bike trail or the Cuyahoga Valley National Park."We hope to connect all these trails in the future so that they all lead down to the Towpath and the national park," Truby said. "We'll get there."Council also approved a $100,000 transfer from the Main Street Community Development Block Grant project, which is under budget, to the Wyoga Lake Road project.Community Development Director Susan Truby said the transfer will help pay for the relocation of utility poles near the trail.Other businessCouncil also approved several other ordinances including:* Accepting a $25,000 donation from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association for operations at Falls River Square.* Installing more than $50,000 worth of new gateway signs to the city. More than 10 large signs will be brackets in stone pillars while smaller signs will be placed at various entrances this year. A second phase of the project is scheduled for next year.* Purchasing hardware and software to support new dispatching services at Fire Station 5 on Wyoga Lake Road, the future site of the city's dispatch center. The center currently is housed in the municipal building. A 911 system enabling dispatchers to locate the position of cell phone callers and the nearest police car is among the updates.* Authorizing the city to spend approximately $9,500 to demolish an Oakhill Road home where city and humane society officials recently rescued several dogs.* Changing the traffic laws to allow for parking on the 3200 block of Norwood Street on the odd-numbered side while prohibiting parking on Williams Street between 1725 and 1741 on the odd-numbered side and on the even-numbered side of Williams Street between Underwood Street and Taylor Avenue.* Authorizing a grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice for one mobile vision in-car digital video recording system and six rifles.Council is not scheduled to meet until after Labor Day, when members are to conduct committee meetings Sept. 4 beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the community room of the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.E-mail: lkrupar@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3915