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Finished Rail Trail would benefit community

May 9, 2013

City of Johnstown officials should finish the design work to bring the FJ & G Rail Trail closer to completion....

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Scarecrow57

May-09-13 12:13 PM

How come snowmobilers and riders of ATVs don't need these costly trails? Why do people who walk and ride bicycles need a paved "trail"? last I looked the Appalachian trail and the Northville Lake Placid trials were not paved.

Turn these trails into real trails of dirt and cut the costs. Just more Government waste that benefits a few.

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Ron1960

May-09-13 12:19 PM

The officials need to look at the people that use the trail now. How is the trail going to bring people to Johnstown and/or Gloversvile when there is nothing here for them to see and enjoy. How is finishing the trail going to help the rest of the county?

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adkkev

May-09-13 12:35 PM

Scarecrow ... just an fyi ... you can't ride bicycles on the Northville-Placid trail. Cutting a new snowmobile trail costs more than what's going to be spent on these projects & often can only be used in the winter by snowmobilers because the trails go thru areas that are wet/swampy in the warmer months (and does that fit your test of waste benefiting just a few?).

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gville70

May-09-13 12:51 PM

I love the rail trail...I'd rather have a nice paved ride than fight traffic on rte 30... Also it's fun to walk and beautiful south of Johnstown.. Wish they would continue north to Northville, now that would be a sweet ride without the dangers of the open road plus you could CC ski it

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drugsrus

May-09-13 1:04 PM

we have a similar "rail trail" in this area, most of it is gravel and nobody is complaining.

adkev - the costs of creating a snowmobile trail are due to today's citified woosey riders and the true lack of ability of most of them. Which is also true of most everything else in todays world. How many tents do you see at campgrounds today? with tarps strung for covered outside living area like we used to do?

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taxtired

May-09-13 1:18 PM

What I see is $ 150,000 going to some company for a design. Who owns this company?? Does anyone know?? While we are at it lets put a chairlift on Kane Mountain for the people to lazy for a real hiking trail. Buy a mountain bike at Wally's world for $100.00 and ride the dirt.

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Hilltopper

May-09-13 1:18 PM

Druggy: Did you also walk to school in the winter three miles uphill both ways with socks for mittens? The last time we tented a black bear tore through our tent. The black flies and mosquitos add to the ambience. It was a real swell time!!!If it doesn't kill you it will cure you, and it did, of any desire to pitch a tent anywhere at any time in the future.

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drugsrus

May-09-13 1:35 PM

"topper- yup in hip deep snow. So you're among the citified campers that need electric, your satellite TV, and all the amenities. Why not just park the motorhome in the back yard and avoid the costs of the campground ?

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MrBoB51

May-09-13 1:42 PM

Happy trails Fulton County. Because of the unstable conditions and partially missing Rail Trail due to a landslide a few years ago, not to mention sinking land south of where it crosses Commons Road all the way to the trestle bridge on Rt.334, Montgomery County will most likely have to re-route the trail along Veeder Road then back thru the woods (somewhere) to the trestle bridge. While that may be a cheaper alternative, the available money earmarked for the Mont. Cnty section of the Rail Trail would be better spent repairing the County's crappy roads and bridges, I'd be happy to pony up my share of the remaining 20% for that. However, right now spending on the rail trail would be a colossal waste of money with little or no return on investment. Sure, it would be nice, but we can't afford nice things right now, even if its 'Fed money' its still OUR money being wasted on this instead of useful infrastructure repairs everybody can benefit from.

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GReader

May-09-13 1:47 PM

Check online for quality of life attractions in other locales and you will see them touting their own bike trails. Potential residents might see our trail and its extension as one of very few positive factors that would encourage them to move to our county. And with most of the grant money already in place, the cost would be minimal.

I have full confidence that the visionary residents in Johnstown will see the value in this proposal and move forward with it, which will then benefit all local folks, including those in nearby communities. If so, we will have them to thank for their progressive outlook.

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MrBoB51

May-09-13 1:47 PM

Drugs, it's not so much the amenities as it's there comes an age when you want to rough it smoothly.

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Hilltopper

May-09-13 2:57 PM

and, when mother nature starts to call three times a night the tent is the worst place to be. As far as Johnstown residents being visionary, that's pretty funny. A rail trail between neighboring cities, towns and villages would be rediculous if each municipality put a road block on its border. However, it would be business as usual for Johnstown's "vissionaries" if they continue down the same trail of cooperation that they always travel.

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drugsrus

May-09-13 9:23 PM

yo 'topper, if you're getting up 3 times a night to wizz - you need to see a doctor and shouldn't be camping anyway.

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MrBoB51

May-10-13 8:30 AM

I may be alone in this but economic opportunities (jobs) and low taxes bring about quality of life, not a rail trail. Since this is a 'want' and not a 'need' I decided to get first hand knowledge of the position of some of our local officials here in the Town of Mohawk. I asked three different people if they supported finishing the Rail Trail extension from the FC line to Fonda and they all did. Then I asked them if they have walked and assessed the trail, none have. They do not know what they are getting into but still approve of it. Seems there is a lot of that going around these days. Maybe FC has done their homework but here in Mont. Cnty. they appear too lazy or unconcerned to even see what they support with our tax dollars. The LH should send someone to walk the Fonda section of the trail then write an objective, factual article instead of one that promises sunshine and lollypops.

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MrBoB51

May-10-13 8:38 AM

I would like to add a caveat to my opinion; the Rail Trail has a 1 Rod by 365' right-of-way thru the East end of my property and I believe what I SEE, not what some politician or reporter tells me to believe.

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taxtired

May-12-13 2:08 PM

Are you sure that 16.5 ft. by 365 ft. of property hasn't been converted to you as the property owner ??

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drugsrus

May-13-13 2:06 PM

taxtired, I'm sure that if MrBoB owned that piece of property it would be the nicest, best maintained 365 ft. of the whole trail

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quentin

May-13-13 9:50 PM

I ride to work daily in all 4 seasons and am glad to support a local bike shop, burn calories, meditate my way to work and gladly pay taxes for improvements to life quality. out of the car and into the viision.

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