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TC Trail discussion pushed back a week to first meeting in
Posted March 18,
The continuation of debate on the proposed Trans Canada Trail
project that was scheduled for March 31, has been pushed back to April
7 committee meeting to provide further opportunities for public input.
On March 3rd, council directed Ray Osmond, Director of Parks
and Recreation to bring forward alternative route options for the gap
between the 9th Line and 14th Line to assuage concerns expressed by
farmers and property owners along the preferred route which follows the
Town-owned abandoned CN Rail right of way. Mr. Osmond's report was
expected for March 31 council meeting.
Instead, it will be tabled at a committee meeting as pro-trail
advocates have requested the opportunity to address councillors.
At full build-out, the trail would traverse 26 km from Hwy 9
at Caledon to Hwy 89 into Cookstown. New Tecumseth is one of the
largest broken links of the national trail network in the country.
The federal government has set up Trans Canada Trail fund to
help pay for its completion as part of the planned 150th Anniversary
celebrations of Confederation in 2017. And the Ontario government is
also providing funds to coincide with the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
The section in question is estimated to cost $630,000 in 2014
- funding sources includes
$255,000 from parks and recreation DCs; $315,000 from TCT, and $60,000
from Simcoe County. However, if the roadside is used an alternative, it
would add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost because of shoulder
widening and paving, plus further safety measures to implement because
of traffic issues. The remaining components will cost will cost
2015; $225,000 in 2016; $150,000 in 2017; and $50,000 in 2018. Funding
sources are already identified, none of which would impact budgets or
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