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Rail Trail Committee Supports Police Motor Cycle for Trail Use

by Bobby Blair
October 20, 2018

Martha Ellis & Herb Brockert were voted to be liaison members from the trail committee to the Blair Square Study Committee. The trails members voted 5 in support and 1 no to send a letter of support for the police department to purchase a motor cycle for use on the trail. Member Mark Kaplan was not convinced of the need for a cycle on the trail. Ken Henderson thought of the idea as similiar to having a park ranger on the trail. Brett Askins, owner of the former State Lumber cellar hole behind Casey's Pub and who was in the audience offered to donate his Honda V-45 cycle to the police department.

In other safety issues, Fire Chief Mike Cassidy has requested that the committee supply his department with mile measurements, turn arounds and weight limitations on bridges. Committee members believed the bridge near the Solect Solar Farm may not support the weight of an ambulance and only two turn arounds on the entire length of the trail were cited.

Bud Schmidt floated the idea of the scouts doing a count of trail users to include horses and bicycles. Chairman Robert Weidknecht noted that planners have envisioned when the entire loop of the trail is completed including area towns for a length of 20 plus miles, 2,400 users a day would frequent the trail. A study done by Milford on a weekend counted 2,100 users in just one day.

Herb Brockert said he would like to see trail users begin pushing the activation buttons for the flashing beacons alerting drivers that someone is about to cross the trail. The recently installed beacons are located at Washington St. near Whitney Street, Lowland Street, Central Street and Summer Street. Beacons have not been sited on Church Street due to a right of way issue. The next meeting of the trail committee is on November 14th.

 

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This sounds so promising. I love walking the trail but unfortunately, my age is catching up with me knowing that the trail will be safer is good news for me.

- Jean Morrissey | 10/20/18 1:12 PM

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