Here is a complete blip.tv video of MassHighway’s April 27 public hearing on extending the Manhan Rail Trail. This video is 39 minutes long and was recorded by Lachlan Ziegler. The public comment period takes up the latter half of the hearing.
From the meeting announcement:
PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the
opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed trail project.
All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and
considered to the maximum extent possible.
PROPOSAL: The work under
this federal and state funded project consists of constructing a
multipurpose trail along approximately 2.66 miles of former rail line
from the Manhan Trail just north of Ferry Street in Easthampton to the
intersection of Grove Street/Earle Street in Northampton. A secure
right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and
permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town of
Easthampton and City of Northampton are responsible for acquiring all
necessary rights in private or public lands. MassHighway’s policy
concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.
Written comments must be received within 10 days of the hearing. Download more details and the comment form as a PDF (416KB).
April 27: Public Hearing for the Manhan Rail Trail
Gazette: “Northampton moves forward on bike path in spite of suit” (4/18/09)
A section of that land runs through the back lot of Ernie’s Towing at
376 Easthampton Road. The company claims that it owns this strip of
property and objects to the city trying to take it. Owner Frank N.
Fournier III recently filed a lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court
asking a judge to determine who owns the land. Fournier said the land
in question is in the middle of a lot where towed vehicles are stored,
making it a valuable business asset…
The city must be ready to begin the project by June to secure more than
$4.6 million in federal economic stimulus money for the project…
…the city has assessed the land and made offers totaling $58,000 to
five other property owners who might have a claim of ownership,
including $25,000 to the Fourniers…
Rail Trail Map by Northampton Trails and Greenways (PDF)
Northampton Planning and Development: Sustainable Transportation
Video: Transforming Northampton’s Rail Trails to a Regional Trail Network (11/18/08)