With spring on the horizon, I write of just a few of the many initiatives either underway or brewing here at the FVTC. Firstly, to finish off 2012, our $7,500 matching grant to Farmington for fencing repair was used in the late fall to great effect on the Canal Heritage Trail. We also granted $3,000 to Bike/Walk CT to help them with their lobbying (on behalf of our trail system) and educational efforts.
For 2013, it is critical that Burlington repaves their section of the River Trail. They have most of the money needed and await ConnDOT and Town approvals as well as designs for root abatement and shoulder clearing. We stand ready to help the town if covering the inevitable shortfall in funding is needed. Also critical is the Canal Heritage Trail south in Farmington (underway at the Town level). In Plainville, it is five years and counting for the state to buy the right of way into the Town Center. With that uncer-tainty, the part of trail slated for Norton Park will be focused on instead to provide the Town with its first piece of multi-use trail to showcase things to come