Gaston County commissioners tackle gr...

Gaston County commissioners tackle greenway issue again

There are 7 comments on the www.gastongazette.com story from Mar 27, 2009, titled Gaston County commissioners tackle greenway issue again. In it, www.gastongazette.com reports that:

A little more than a year after their last public debate over the Carolina Thread Trail, Gaston County commissioners tackled the controversial issue again Thursday.

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IntheKnow

Salisbury, NC

#2 Mar 27, 2009
Old Wise One wrote:
But Belmont Mayor Richard Boyce was one of supporters who spoke.
"Vote on the basis of your hopes," he asked commissioners, "rather than your fears."
the mayor is too an old wise one;
a master at listening and understanding
What an inappropriate thing to say. Why not just say, I have nothing insightful or meaningful to add, so I'll just throw out my favorite quote from college?

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Since: Aug 08

Belmont, NC

#3 Mar 27, 2009
IntheKnow wrote:
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What an inappropriate thing to say. Why not just say, I have nothing insightful or meaningful to add, so I'll just throw out my favorite quote from college?
Actually, I'd take it to mean that he votes what he believes is right, and not necessarily what he thinks will be popular.
TapWater

Cherryville, NC

#4 Mar 28, 2009
Uh-- how about voting on REALITY. City Hall needs a thorough cleaning!
Lambert

Pineville, NC

#5 Mar 28, 2009
Sometimes fears are based in reality and hopes are not. I understand the mayor is advocating for the thread trail, but here's what I don't get. Much of the funding is from private souces, such as the coffers of banks, but does the CTT not also need more money from Belmont and Gaston County?

BardDeBelmont

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#6 Mar 28, 2009
Lambert wrote:
Sometimes fears are based in reality and hopes are not. I understand the mayor is advocating for the thread trail, but here's what I don't get. Much of the funding is from private souces, such as the coffers of banks, but does the CTT not also need more money from Belmont and Gaston County?
Yes, of course.

The bulk of the CASH will come from taxpayers.

The land "exchanges" are non-cash, tax deductible to the donors.

The "lease" monies will come from the State.

THe Banks and such "contributions" are one time and will not be ongoing.

Ultimately this is a ?, supposed to cost no ?.

A trail. A very expensive park. That is all.

Mainly, its a big tax deduction for landowners who have wasteland.

It will end ugly and is a loser.

It was pushed and voted for by people who would and have benefited from it.

In times like these, we still worry about these dreams when realities beg our attention.

A very expensive Park.
Darnoc

Charlotte, NC

#7 Mar 29, 2009
The reality at hand is that the Carolina Thread Trail when it passes through Belmont is as stated by CTT officials a "green highway". The difference between the traditional green trail and what will pass through Belmont are that signs will be posted along the highway to identify it as part of the Carolina Thread Trail. Alternate routes along the river through Belmont should have been pursued, but involved a red highway of tape. It sounds good in a pamphlet to have Belmont as a CTT link; the reality is that it is a concrete and asphalt trail. A green Highway is an amusing euphemism of the original intent. I understand the difficulties in a contiguous "greenway or trail", It appears in this instance they followed the path of least resistance rather than the path of intent. The CTT does not comply with intent as it passes through Belmont it does serve as a link to communities who are greener in their segment. This simply allows some cities to post signs identifying themselves as participants in the CTT which is at the end of the day is good for business and applying for grants but has next to nothing to do with being a "trail". The ultimate resolution will be in the widening in sidewalks and placement of barriers to protect trail walkers, The lack of "green space" in the "thread trail" should be augmented by applying grant money to the safety aspects of the black-top segments of the trail.....

BardDeBelmont

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#8 Mar 30, 2009
This is the plan that would not DIE. Years. Years this thing got pushed down people's throats. One of the few Bi-partisan laws agreed upon by both riches, the left and the right. One gets a green star on their report card and the other gets greenbacks in their pockets.

SAME old SAME old.

ANybody really believe this ain't gonna cost us big money?

If you really DO then your naive or just plain stupid.

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