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Town of North Elba recommits to trail beside rails

December 12, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - The North Elba town board has signed off on a statement that will let the town move forward with its recreational trail project.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to let town Supervisor Roby Politi sign a "re-evaluation statement" with the Federal Highway Administration. The action was necessary because the town received federal funds for the project, which includes the construction of a multi-use recreational trail between Lake Placid and Ray Brook.

"As a result of the lapse of more than five years since the granting of design approval in 2007, it is necessary to reevaluate the project as written in the February 2007 design report," the statement reads. "This reevaulation statement has examined the current proposed project and any changes which have occurred since that time."

The re-evaluation was led by state and federal transportation officials, with help from Chuck Damp, a former North Elba councilman who has been helping the town with the rail-trail project.

"Based on this reevaluation, it is concluded that the original design report dated February 2007 was appropriate," the statement says.

Politi explained that the project, in its current form, doesn't deviate dramatically from the one that was awarded grant funding five years ago.

"This allows us to continue," he said.

The re-evaluation statement includes an "environmental re-evaluation checklist," which was put together by the state Department of Transportation. Politi said the statement lets Creighton Manning, an engineering firm from Albany, continue drawing up design plans for the project.

In November, Politi said private fundraising efforts for the rail-trail have been successful so far, although he couldn't provide figures on how much has been raised.


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