Greenway Task Force meeting held


By Aila Boyd - aboyd@civitasmedia.com



Pictured from the right, Michael Boaz, town manager, Dwight Atkins, mayor, and Charles Anderson, representative from Resource Institute Inc., discuss details of the proposed greenway project with citizens.


Dwight Atkins, mayor, discussed the proposed greenway project with residents of the town.


The Greeway Task Force met last week at The Pilot Center to allow area residents to come in and ask questions about the proposed greenway project being considered by the town board of commissioners.

The proposed greenway would follow along a portion of the un-named creek that serves as a tributary to Chinquapin Creek.

The meeting allowed residents who own property that borders the proposed greenway to see how much of their property would be affected and get a general feel of the process that will take place in regard to easements if the project is both approved by the board of commissioners and receives adequate grant funding.

Charles Anderson of Resource Institute Inc., was on hand to answer questions about the project. Anderson serves as a consulting agent to the town for the project.

In total, the proposed greenway would stretch for 1.2 miles, whereas the greenway in nearby Mount Airy runs for over 7 miles.

Anderson explained that the greenway would only affect residents who live on the right side of the proposed stream front.

According to plans, 21 properties would be affected by the first phase in the multiple-step process, which includes both a stream restoration and greenway trail.

As for a timeline on the project, Anderson said that he’s hopeful for completing the project within three years.

A grant to perform the stream restoration has already been secured, however a decision will be made regarding the greenway aspect later this month.

Anderson explained that if funds don’t come through for the greenway, gravel could simply be put down, which could allow for paving at a later date.

Pictured from the right, Michael Boaz, town manager, Dwight Atkins, mayor, and Charles Anderson, representative from Resource Institute Inc., discuss details of the proposed greenway project with citizens.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Greenway2.jpgPictured from the right, Michael Boaz, town manager, Dwight Atkins, mayor, and Charles Anderson, representative from Resource Institute Inc., discuss details of the proposed greenway project with citizens.

Dwight Atkins, mayor, discussed the proposed greenway project with residents of the town.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Greenway1.jpgDwight Atkins, mayor, discussed the proposed greenway project with residents of the town.

By Aila Boyd

aboyd@civitasmedia.com

Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.

Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.

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