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Rail Trail Committee Entertains Several Proposals

by Bobby Blair
September 15, 2018

Rail Trail Committee members met Wednesday night and were to discuss the property behind Casey's Crossing, but a letter from the owner's (Estate of Donald Askins) attorneys requested that all conversations pertaining to the property not be held until they were duly notified. That agenda item was canceled. Committee member Chris Cain has been filling pot holes along with fellow member Ken Henderson in the Mayflower Landing area of East Holliston.

A venting party will be held on Saturday Sept. 15th at the committee's storage shed at the highway department to, you guessed it, place a vent on the new storage facility. The grounds of the highway department also hold excess piping which the committee would like to use for drainage ditches along the Phipps Hill Tunnel. There is only one drawback with the pipes - they are not perforated. The committee is now planning a drilling party. The Holliston Lions Club has already approved funds to help with the drainage project. Flashing beacons have now been installed by the highway department at Washington St. (East Holliston), Lowland St. & Central St.

Tina Hein of Union Street addressed rail trail members with a proposal to institute a walking bus program on the trail. The program is a national one, Hein explained, and is simple in theory and has a thousand variations across the country. The idea is to create bus stops along the trail from Mudville to Mayflower Landing and an adult would walk the kids to school. The idea received the full board's endorsement with committee member Herb Brockert stating that the trail is level enough and back in his day he was made to walk each way to school, both uphill. Chairman Robert Weidknecht will forward the suggestion to the board of selectmen and school officials.

Chairman of the Friends of Holliston Trails, Ed Daniels, floated the idea of placing a solar powered trash container at Blair Square. Daniels said that both dog stations at Blair Square were now being used for trash rather than dog poop. Present members recalled a time when a trash can was in place at the square, but was misused by neighbors and trail users who unloaded the contents of their vehicles into the overflowing receptacle. That misuse caused the container to be removed. Presently the dog stations are collected by the volunteer efforts of Jimmy Read's crews of R&R Landscape at no charge to the town. Committee members & Daniels will return to the subject at a future meeting.

 

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Comments (2)

In response to Bill's comment: flashing lights have been installed on Rt 16 at Creative Playthings and Lowland! Lots of great progress made in the last week or so.

- Gretchen Prieve | 9/15/18 8:55 PM

Lights and/or crosswalks are needed at the Lowland St. crossing as well as the crossing near Creative Playthings.

- Bill Emmons | 9/15/18 8:06 AM

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