Recently, a friend sent this email regarding Phase II of the community trail:
And I think the public deserves accurate information–if indeed, informing the public is what you hope to do. So please, please go to the town office and look at a map of the Community Trail, phase two.,In phase two–which is the only part of the plan currently on the table and collecting funding–the commercial strip of Peach St. is NOT AFFECTED. Only the north part of Peach will be upgraded, much to the advantage of the property owners on Peach. The paved trail on Washington will add a safe pedestrian walkway on a street that has never had one, to the advantage of the residents there.
Phase three–which is not currently on the table–will upgrade the southern end of Peach. However, when the parking is moved to the edges of the road, there will be as many parking spaces as there are currently being used in the middle. So there is no loss.
After this email, I went over the map I had been using, which is based on the trail master plan, and realized that my friend was more than likely correct, and that our previous report was probably inaccurate, and needed to be corrected; so I contacted Bob Panek and Libby Hume at the Town offices to confirm the data. I received this note from Bob:
The map in the 2007 Master Plan indicates the phases envisioned at that time: 1A Central Park, 1B North Peach Street, 1C South Peach Street, 2 Stone Road at the entrance to town. The Council reviews and makes decisions on capital project priorities during the annual budget development process and work sessions based on a variety of factors. The following are the currently approved phases: 1 Central Park, 2 North Peach Street & Washington Avenue, 3 South Peach Street. Phases 1 and 2 are funded at this time. The Town has applied for additional grant funding for design, engineering and construction of Phase 3.
The contract award recently approved by Council is for Phase 2 construction. The description of this phase has been included in Council agenda items over the last two years as we have moved through design, engineering, and construction bidding. A map of Phase 2 has been made available to the public in several of those meetings. I believe it is still at the Civic Center. Most recently, Phase 2 is described in the November 5 Work Session briefing and the December 3 Special Meeting, agenda item 3a. Both are available on the Town website.
Here is the map of Phase II for the Trail:
And yes, we agree, the public deserves the accurate information.