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Monday, May 5, 2008

A GREENWAY TRAIL OPTION?

On Tuesday May 6th, the ACC Mayor and Commission will vote on an agenda item concerning a proposed eastside sewer line. During discussion at a recent meeting, an idea brought forward by Commissioner Carl Jordan to consider adding a greenway trail along the sewer line easement ACC must acquire got some favorable response other commissioners.

Trail options are not presently considered for sewer lines built in ACC, but they make sense (fiscally and otherwise) and should be given consideration in the future, depending on where they are, and what locales might be readily connected. However, public support and encouragement is needed for a departure from how things have been done in the past. Obviously, not all sewer lines are useful routes for trails, but this particular one would be a very good first step in a greenway trail that could serve as an off-road option from eastside to UGA.

It is also a particularly good candidate for a greenway because there are only a few property owners along the easement who must approve. Despite recent implications in the ABH, none of the existing Greenway has ever been achieved through condemnation, but always with the blessing of property owners.

A news article on the topic appeared this past Friday in the Athens Banner-Herald:

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/050208/news_2008050200432.shtml

An editorial entitled “Not the Right Time for A-C to Seek Trails” appeared in the Sunday ABH:

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/050408/opinion_2008050400406.shtml

If you support consideration of a trail option, please contact your commissioners prior to Tuesday’s meeting at 7:00 p.m.

MORE INFO:

See a map of the proposed sewer line in the agenda report at

http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/documents/pdf/clerkofcommission/agenda/16.pdf

This project is an upgrade of an existing line linking Lexington Rd (via Shadybrook Dr.), to Barnett Shoals Road, connecting to the sewage treatment plant off College Station Road. Future Greenway plans would connect this area to both College Station Road, and eventually to the North Oconee Greenway and South Campus within several years.

1 comment:

Cardee Hoard said...

Since the Banner-Herald is so scornful of wasteful spending on such things, it should remove pictures of all public amenities -- Greenway, parks, City Hall, UGA campus, etc. -- from its web site and should be prohibited from using them to adorn its various web and print products.