Update 2: Landowner lets the Commissioners have it belatedly, here (or, did the H/M hold the letter for days).
Update 1: Here is the longer version of the news from the Commissioners meeting yesterday. Be sure to read the comments too. I especially liked the one about what a backwards county we are because the Commissioners said NO (this time).
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners in a surprise move this afternoon voted unanimously to halt any further discussion of a 23-mile biking trail that would have bisected hundreds of yards and farms of Washington County citizens.
Here is the brief announcement by the Hagerstown Herald Mail:
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to stop pursuing a possible 23-mile bike trail.
The plan, estimated to cost about $16 million, drew strong protests at a public meeting in Boonsboro last month.
Phase 1 of the Civil War Railroad Trail would have run from Keedysville to Hagerstown and would have taken about 13 years to complete, according to Joseph Kroboth III, Washington County’s public works director. Phase 2, from Keedysville to Weverton, would have taken an estimated 15 years more.
During a discussion on Tuesday about a Maryland Department of Transportation offer of $100,000 for a feasibility study, Commissioner William McKinley made a motion to end the county’s participation in the project.
McKinley said there were too many unanswered questions, so accepting the feasibility study money “would be wrong.”
“I have no support for this trail whatsoever,” Commissioner Jeffrey A. Cline said.
Everyone who was opposed to the trail, either from the standpoint of fiscal concerns or whose property rights were threatened, should immediately make a special effort to thank our elected officials—the County Commissioners and Senator Chris Shank—who have gone on record now in opposition.
Reach the Commissioners here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Chris Shank: Christopher.Shank@senate.state.md.us
New readers: If you have not been following this issue, please see our category Washington County Rail-Trail for background, here.