Rails to Trails Project now a GO

Rails to Trails Project now a GO

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Undercover Sister

Westmoreland, NY

#1 May 13, 2012
Eric Virkler and Rick Porter are pushing forward once again with their plans to build the Rails to Trails in Lewis County. They know they are going to face renewed unfounded opposition.

Eric is bringing this up to the LDC Board for approval to allow the project to move forward. This project will be completed in conjunction with the IDA. The LDA has the authority and the IDA has the additional funding needed and is able to administrate the grant once it is transferred over from the county.

This project complies with the County Comprehensive Plan Master Plan. This plan was developed in a by community leaders in a series of meetings. The committee included representatives from business, local government, regional organizations, not-for-profits, and the community at large.

This plan has been approved by the legislators after public comment hearings. No more hearings are needed if the LDC and IDA Boards approve this. It is felt that the issues with this project, have been property and thoroughly addressed at County Comprehensive Plan Master Plan public comment hearings.
oh no

Johnstown, NY

#2 May 13, 2012
Oh Lord here we go again. Two people with common plans. NO brains between them. When are they ever going to drop this. If local citizens don't wan't it, why are we having this pushed down our throats for out of towners. How many jobs is this creating? Mental Health has gone to hell in the last month and a half and they are already trying to pass something else on to the taxpayers. enough is enough.
Your joking right

Auburn, NY

#3 May 13, 2012
Yhe majority of the people of Lewis county spoke. And at a meeting of the community it was decided that most the people are not in favor of this. There are way to many in answered question based on this. Once again a few people lining pockets to get what they want. We need new people in government.
Agree

Auburn, NY

#4 May 13, 2012
oh no wrote:
Oh Lord here we go again. Two people with common plans. NO brains between them. When are they ever going to drop this. If local citizens don't wan't it, why are we having this pushed down our throats for out of towners. How many jobs is this creating? Mental Health has gone to hell in the last month and a half and they are already trying to pass something else on to the taxpayers. enough is enough.
AGREE. The jobs it will creat are not there it won't besides for town or village that will have to maintain it. And wait till someone gets hurt on it by rolling an ankle or trees a party and someone gets hurt. Insurance premiums are about to go up and legal fees. Stop forcing stuff down our throats we don't want.
Again

Watsontown, PA

#5 May 13, 2012
It looks like no matter how many times this is turned down or dropped, it just keeps coming back.
Eventually Virkler and Company are hoping to wear down the opposition and it will go away. Unfortunately, he is right.
one that sees

New York, NY

#6 May 13, 2012
Eric and Lucas can scramble all they want.It's not happening, plain and simple. Oh, I,m sure they want it to go, but just like it takes two to tango, it also takes two to make a sale. They can't buy what's not for sale.
Opportunities

Auburn, NY

#7 May 13, 2012
undercoverbs

United States

#8 May 13, 2012
They know they are going to face renewed unfounded opposition."
Unfounded? Really?
"'The LDA has the authority and the IDA has the additional funding needed and is able to administrate the grant once it is transferred over from the county. "
How does LDA have the authority - please elaborate!
'"This project complies with the County Comprehensive Plan Master Plan'"This plan was developed in a by community leaders in a series of meetings. The committee included representatives from business, local government, regional organizations, not-for-profits, and the community at large."
Oh MY ! The MASTER PLAN..... I gotta hear more about this oh wonderful undercover sister, since you seem to have all this info about the citizens and business owners who have decided to go against the voters PLEASE DO give us some more specific details!
one that sees

North Creek, NY

#9 May 13, 2012
that link you posted quotes the same old bullshit from the same old bullshitters...the Tug Hill bar owners. the story was just neatly packaged by a pr firm. damn poor journalism on the part of YNN. Amanda Kelley appears to be a cheerleader- not a reporter.
Undercover Sister

Westmoreland, NY

#10 May 13, 2012
undercoverbs wrote:
They know they are going to face renewed unfounded opposition."
Unfounded? Really?
"'The LDA has the authority and the IDA has the additional funding needed and is able to administrate the grant once it is transferred over from the county. "
How does LDA have the authority - please elaborate!
'"This project complies with the County Comprehensive Plan Master Plan'"This plan was developed in a by community leaders in a series of meetings. The committee included representatives from business, local government, regional organizations, not-for-profits, and the community at large."
Oh MY ! The MASTER PLAN..... I gotta hear more about this oh wonderful undercover sister, since you seem to have all this info about the citizens and business owners who have decided to go against the voters PLEASE DO give us some more specific details!
The Lewis County Local Development Corporation LDC is a Not-For-Profit Corporation created by the Lewis County Board of Legislators under the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law to promote economic development and job creation in the County.

The County Comprehensive Plan Master Plan and committee was authorized by the Lewis County Board of Legislators.

The Lewis County Board of Legislators appoints the Directors of the IDA.

The law grants the above special powers due to the communittee make up of community leaders. For additional information contact Mr. Virkler or Mr. Porter.
Speedy

Westmoreland, NY

#11 May 14, 2012
Rev up for fun on the trails. The railroad trail will be fast. We will be able to get the complete ATV experience on the railroad trail. Fun, fun, and more fun such as a mud bog experience on the sides of the railroad. Just off the main rail the trail will be wet and muddy in places. The wet roots are always a fun challenge, but apart from that the trails a run faster when they are damp on the trail or off the trail. I think itís time that I start learning how to fly on the new ATV trails in Lewis County. I am ready for fast, fun. This trail will be fun, fast and full of surprises.
Agree

Auburn, NY

#12 May 14, 2012
Speedy wrote:
Rev up for fun on the trails. The railroad trail will be fast. We will be able to get the complete ATV experience on the railroad trail. Fun, fun, and more fun such as a mud bog experience on the sides of the railroad. Just off the main rail the trail will be wet and muddy in places. The wet roots are always a fun challenge, but apart from that the trails a run faster when they are damp on the trail or off the trail. I think itís time that I start learning how to fly on the new ATV trails in Lewis County. I am ready for fast, fun. This trail will be fun, fast and full of surprises.
And everytime fire depart ment or emts have to role then they put their life at risk. I can not wait till some golf these guys are up for re election.
what

United States

#13 May 15, 2012
some golf?
Crazy

San Mateo, CA

#14 May 17, 2012
This project needs to happen its a no brainer to take the grant money buy the rails and use it for a recreational trail. Come on people think about it why must we continue to fight progress!!! In other areas of the country rails are being bought and used for recreational trails successfully. Let's do it!!!
US Patriot

Chittenango, NY

#15 May 17, 2012
Go for it, there are a lot of people for the rails to trails that want to see progress in Lewis County. Tourism is about all that's left in this county, better do something to bring in a little revenue. 3500 registered for the Snirt Run, don't suppose that brought in much for this county. Time to get out of the box and allow progress, kind of like going from horse and buggy to vehicles!
metoo

United States

#16 May 18, 2012
what bothers me, and I think most others is Eric virklers approach. I have nothing against 4 wheelers, It is a good business decision, and tourism is a great idea. However, Eric is aggressive in pursuit of his own agenda, he is arrogant and completly un qualified to run that office. If this were truly his ultimate goal for Lewis county there are plenty of things he could have done in his capacity to promote projects. He has not. not even developed a simple website with pictures/ info of our county to attract tourist. He likes power & authority and self promotion. Get rid of him and you will find more cooperation & community spirit for this town.
leaky faucet

Johnstown, NY

#17 May 18, 2012
the "snirt" is an illegally conducted event from beginning to end. yeah, let's break the law and call it "business".
as for the railroad issue...it's dead and stinking and that's good.
Undercover Sister

Westmoreland, NY

#18 May 27, 2012
It looks like the Black River Ė St. Law RC&D, Lewis County IDA, Lewis County OED, Lewis County LDC, NCEDA Committee and the Railroad Company will be may the rails to trails a really this week. It is now the feeling that the ATV trail will be in operation by the end of the summer.
Speedy

Westmoreland, NY

#19 May 27, 2012
Rev up for fun on the trails. This ride will be much faster pace than anywhere in with world. It will be fast, fun and Iím ready to ride! What an AWSOME trail it will be. It will not be particularly challenging but a fast, fun and a decent length trail. My only concern is the bi-directional traffic. I'm fortunate to live close to it and get to ride it many times a week. Itís great it is so accessible to the village of Lowville. Just hop on it for a spin.
really

AOL

#20 May 27, 2012
Speedy wrote:
Rev up for fun on the trails. This ride will be much faster pace than anywhere in with world. It will be fast, fun and Iím ready to ride! What an AWSOME trail it will be. It will not be particularly challenging but a fast, fun and a decent length trail. My only concern is the bi-directional traffic. I'm fortunate to live close to it and get to ride it many times a week. Itís great it is so accessible to the village of Lowville. Just hop on it for a spin.
living so close by, did you happen to notice the ten foot high brush that covers it....?

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