To the editor:
Editor's note, paragraph 3 of my letter of Aug. 21: "but then after Mr. Mecklenburg talked to the department, it changed its recommendation."
I have been a multi-use trail advocate for years. Back in 1990, Barton & Loguidice P.C. met with committees of the town and village of Tupper Lake, and the ideas for our museum (The Wild Center), the railroad station (Next Stop Tupper Lake), a multi-use trail from the Tupper Lake Junction to uptown along the old N.Y. & Ottawa rails, and other revitalization projects were conceived. I have been active in several of these.
In March 2001, I constructed a model of our Next Stop Tupper Lake railroad station which shows the station, parking areas, landscaping and clearly depicts the trailhead with picnic area of the multi-use trail proposal.
After our station was built, Barton & Loguidice P.C. met with Next Stop Tupper Lake board members and developed our "conceptual site plan" in August 2011, clearly indicating the "Junction pass multi-modal trail." In a draft of May 2012, a "Tupper Lake Plan Concepts" map shows a colored aerial photo with a yellow dashed line following the railroad right-of-way and a note that design and construction were in progress.
On April 11, 2013, I became involved with a "trails and rails supporters" meeting (which subsequently changed its name to TRAC, Trails/Rails Advocacy Committee) which is looking at trail development along the corridor.
I have outlined the above as indication that I am very much in favor of Tupper Lake's "multi-modal trail," and I wish to point out that at no time have I ever contacted the New York State Department of Transportation. As one of 20 board of directors members of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which are assigned to various committees, only our president or his specific designee is allowed to make such contact.
If DOT has put a hold on this project, it might be that they also read the local newspaper articles such as "DPW will remove the rails for connector trail," or they may know that the rails belong to the state of New York and that there are certain procedures for disposal of New York state property.
Daniel C. Mecklenburg
(Editor's note: The Enterprise regrets the error.)