Input sought from citizens for Rail Trail

Jun 1, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Elizabethton Star

The purpose of the project is to develop a master plan for converting the 10-mile rail corridor into a shared-use trail.

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Exercise

Johnson City, TN

#1 Jun 12, 2012
Allow both bikes and walkers in the trail.
Steve

Nashville, TN

#2 Jun 12, 2012
Exercise wrote:
Allow both bikes and walkers in the trail.
That ought to work real well.
Nobody

Charlotte, NC

#3 Jun 20, 2012
How about quit wasting the taxpayer's money on nonessential items at an economic time as this? I love walking. I love recreation. I HATE the needless waste of our hardearned money by lazy, incompetant, politicians and othe government employees. They have no grasp of reality. They don't need to have. It helps justify their uselessness.
Tweetie Bird

Chatsworth, GA

#4 Jun 20, 2012
I drove out to dry creek and there were dozens of cyclists winding up and down the mountain. Those riders may not use this trail but the interest will eventually be there. After decades, and many costly misguided efforts, the Tweetsie Trail could turn out to be the the closest thing Johnson City has to a real tourist draw.
TV eleven

AOL

#5 Jun 21, 2012
I went to the site in hopes of offering some input, all I got was a bunch of questions that didn't apply. Nobody, I agree. This trail fiasco is nothing more than the usual pat on the back under the table deal for some of our fearless leaders! Let's face the facts. A defunct railroad (holding company) still has domain over the 100 ft. area on either side that should be given back to the owners. Shit, they ain't going to revive it. All in all, some backslapper is getting richer by this deal. I wish the trail could eventually become something more than a dormant stretch of half assed land, but ain't holding my breath. Heck, I grew up on this stretch of land and can see the potential, but it ain't gonna happen. Only ones getting richer at this point are the scavengers of railroad iron and crossties. In the future, I predict it will become one of those brainstorms that suffered a stroke.
Curious

Brentwood, TN

#6 Jun 21, 2012
TV eleven wrote:
A defunct railroad (holding company) still has domain over the 100 ft. area on either side that should be given back to the owners.
Will the railroad holding company keep control over this area??
wondering

Jonesborough, TN

#7 Jun 23, 2012
I agree 100%. This will become like all of the other things that seem to be a good idea for those in control. It is only for the elite of the community. It looks good on paper, but how much will it improve the community? How many jobs will it bring to our county. Have we become a playground for the students of the ETSU? We need leadership that brings jobs and helps to improve the lives of those of us who have been here for generations. We have been good stewards of the land. Now those from the outside have come to ruin it like everywhere else. They want "recreation" and outdoor activity. But they also want the things they left behind. To supply these the tax base must be raised and then poor people have to move out because they can't afford to live here any longer. I say we need to make our voices heard and vote out anyone who doesn't do their job.
TV eleven

AOL

#8 Jun 23, 2012
Curious wrote:
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Will the railroad holding company keep control over this area??
What they have is called "Railbanking" and is a legal loophole enacted back in the 1970's would allow them to use the property in the future IF they decide to reopen the railroad. That's how it looks on the surface, but it is really a law enacted to avoid defaulting the right of way property back to the owners. I don't think any railroad has reneged and actually used such trail land to reinstall a railroad or that they ever will. It is just a slick way to keep the property out of the hands of the folks who deserve it back. The railroad actually has control only under circumstances that will never happen.
Unbelieveable

Johnson City, TN

#9 Jun 25, 2012
Steve wrote:
<quoted text>That ought to work real well.
Everybody, Steve needs a pass to both the right and left side of the trail. "On your left" means nothing to him. Sorry, Steve, I couldn't help it.
Unbelieveable

Johnson City, TN

#10 Jun 25, 2012
Nobody wrote:
How about quit wasting the taxpayer's money on nonessential items at an economic time as this? I love walking. I love recreation. I HATE the needless waste of our hardearned money by lazy, incompetant, politicians and othe government employees. They have no grasp of reality. They don't need to have. It helps justify their uselessness.
What are you talking about???
Unbelieveable

Johnson City, TN

#11 Jun 25, 2012
wondering wrote:
I agree 100%. This will become like all of the other things that seem to be a good idea for those in control. It is only for the elite of the community. It looks good on paper, but how much will it improve the community? How many jobs will it bring to our county. Have we become a playground for the students of the ETSU? We need leadership that brings jobs and helps to improve the lives of those of us who have been here for generations. We have been good stewards of the land. Now those from the outside have come to ruin it like everywhere else. They want "recreation" and outdoor activity. But they also want the things they left behind. To supply these the tax base must be raised and then poor people have to move out because they can't afford to live here any longer. I say we need to make our voices heard and vote out anyone who doesn't do their job.
You're sitting on the couch typing this aren't you?
Question

Brentwood, TN

#12 Jun 25, 2012
I just want to know..will the trail be built or not???
Steve

Nashville, TN

#13 Jun 25, 2012
Unbelieveable wrote:
<quoted text>Everybody, Steve needs a pass to both the right and left side of the trail. "On your left" means nothing to him. Sorry, Steve, I couldn't help it.
Neither could I.:>)
Wondering

Johnson City, TN

#14 Jun 26, 2012
Does anybody know..are the plans on the drawing board for the trail?? What is being done at the current time and is their even a time table yet??
Lemonade

Antioch, TN

#15 Jun 27, 2012
I cannot wait to be able to use this trail. This is the kind of government project that I whole-heartedly support. The trail will be there for all to enjoy.

Why anyone wants to complain about this, I cannot understand.
Nobody

Micaville, NC

#16 Jun 27, 2012
Unbelieveable wrote:
<quoted text>What are you talking about???
Obviously, you must be a government employee. What I wrote must sound like a foreign language to you. Oh well, time to go back to work to finish my 9 hr day. I guess part of the taxes I pay will go towards this project. Surely, you must agree the money could be put to better use. However, if you are a government employee, the money means nothing to you. It is just taxpayer's dollars. Don't misunderstand, I think an lengthy bike/walking trail would be fantastic. I just don't think his is the appropriate time for more municipal expenditures.
Biker

Chatsworth, GA

#17 Jun 27, 2012
TV eleven wrote:
<quoted text>What they have is called "Railbanking" and is a legal loophole enacted back in the 1970's would allow them to use the property in the future IF they decide to reopen the railroad. That's how it looks on the surface, but it is really a law enacted to avoid defaulting the right of way property back to the owners. I don't think any railroad has reneged and actually used such trail land to reinstall a railroad or that they ever will. It is just a slick way to keep the property out of the hands of the folks who deserve it back. The railroad actually has control only under circumstances that will never happen.
So if you own property on the trail you cannot develop it? up to 200 ft?
another tax payer

Nashville, TN

#18 Jun 27, 2012
Nobody wrote:
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Obviously, you must be a government employee. What I wrote must sound like a foreign language to you. Oh well, time to go back to work to finish my 9 hr day. I guess part of the taxes I pay will go towards this project. Surely, you must agree the money could be put to better use. However, if you are a government employee, the money means nothing to you. It is just taxpayer's dollars. Don't misunderstand, I think an lengthy bike/walking trail would be fantastic. I just don't think his is the appropriate time for more municipal expenditures.
You don't speak for all taxpayers. I don't mind my tax dollars being used to construct this trail.
Kris

Johnson City, TN

#19 Jun 27, 2012
another tax payer wrote:
<quoted text> You don't speak for all taxpayers. I don't mind my tax dollars being used to construct this trail.
I'll agree with you on that one. I would love to see the trail put to use (while I am still young enough to use it). I am positive I would use it often both walking and biking. I think it would be great!! The route that it will take from Johnson City to Elizabethton, I could even ride a bike to work if I wanted...that would be awesome if it happened. I would be getting in better shape and saving on gas..
Stupid Waste

Summerville, GA

#20 Jun 27, 2012
Question wrote:
I just want to know..will the trail be built or not???
I hope not. This is just one more huge waste of taxpayer money to satisfy a few nuts in the community. Probably the same people that complain about government waste, but THEIR stupid project is essential. We will never learn (until China asks for their money back).

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