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Rail Trail Committee Members Celebrate

by Bobby Blair
October 12, 2017

Rail Trail Committee members Wednesday night celebrated the completion of the laying of stone dust from the Milford to Sherborn town lines. Sparkling cider (non-alcholic) was hoisted to mark the occasion. One small section of the trail, that of the 8 Arch Bridge and less than a quarter of a mile in length has yet to be completed. Chairman Robert Weidknecht, left in the photo below, quickly and jokingly made a motion to dissolve the committee.

Chairman Weidknecht relayed to the board that a trail user had recently become lost on the trail, not knowing his exact location. To that end, Ed Daniels (below left) of the Friends of Holliston Trails said his group is working on an app to global satellite positions on the trail. Daniels also noted that a separate committee is working on the synergy that goes into signage for the trail. Trail members then voted to expend 30k for signage at the Washington Street, Lowland and Central Street crossings for the safety of trail users.

With the construction of the trail 98% complete, members turned their efforts towards house cleaning measures. Griffin Electric on Hopping Brook Road has been building a new structure and stone dust has washed into a drainage ditch. A work party on Saturday morning at 9am was proposed for anyone wishing to help. Pulte Homes of New England has yet to complete their construction of the trail to members' satisfaction. The Pulte manager will be contacted. And Solect, the solar folks, have yet to complete a parking lot off of Hopping Brook Road along with signage as promised.

Encroachments were another subject on the table with town counsel advising the committe that it is not up to the police, planning or zoning boards to enforce those who may have strayed from their own boundries, but rather the board of selectmen.

 

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I walked the newly topped section of the trail with my son last week and I was so impressed with the quality of the work. I've walked that section before when it was muddy and uneven which was not a particularly pleasant experience. Walking on the trail last week, my 7 year old just wanted to keep going because it was such a nice place to be on a fall afternoon. It was perfect for the many runners and walkers we passed. I can only imagine how much work went into creating the trail and I wanted to take this opportunity to let the Trail Committee know that many of us here in town who may not get a chance to thank you in person really appreciate what you have done for us.

- Lisa Brown | 10/14/17 11:02 PM

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