Bicycle Trail Plan Progress
Following on discussions from the previous meeting of the
Commission, Will D’Andrea informed members that IDOT has been
notified of the Commission’s desire to apply for more funding. The
funding would be used by the Commission to continue work on the
Bicycle Trail Plan for Logan County.
Jim Vipond, who is part of a subcommittee working on the Bicycle
Trail Plan, told Commission members that said subcommittee met with
a representative of the League of Illinois Bicyclists recently.
“The committee was very happy to hear that Phase Two was approved,”
said Vipond, referring to the previous meeting of the Commission. In
June, the Commission decided to continue moving forward into the
next phase of planning for the bike trails.
Vipond also said that the subcommittee would recommend beginning a
study on creating a trail connecting Kickapoo Creek Park with
Madigan Park and the Lincoln Amtrak station.
“We think that would be a good nucleus to spread out into the
county,” said Vipond. In addition, Vipond said that according to the
League of Illinois Bicyclists, people are beginning to take bicycles
on Amtrak trains specifically to find rural biking areas they cannot
access in cities.
As an example, Vipond said that Pontiac is using this information to
label themselves as a more “bicycle- friendly” community to promote
tourism. “We could advertise ourselves this way and bring in more
outside people,” said Vipond.
D’Andrea mentioned that people riding the train into Lincoln
would need a way to find the rural areas they are looking to ride
on. Vipond said that connecting the rural trails to an urban nucleus
such as this would help to do exactly that, providing a way for
tourists to find those rural trails.
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David Hepler made a motion that any IDOT funding the group
receives be used for such a study, looking into possible
connections with rural trails planned so far. Vipond seconded
the motion, and the Commission approved the motion unanimously.
Possible Wind Farm Application
D’Andrea briefly mentioned that he has been in talks with a
company named Relite over the past several months. Relite, a
company that operates out of Italy, is putting together
paperwork to apply for construction in Logan County to build a
new wind farm.
“At the rate they’re going, I would expect sometime around
September, maybe October for them to come forward and begin the
hearings,” said D’Andrea.
Aside from the possible future timeframe for hearings, nothing
else was talked about concerning said wind farm development.
Commission members present were Keith Snyder, Jim Fuhrer, Jeff
Hoinacki, Fred Finchum, Blair Hoerbert, Jim Vipond, Dean Sausse,
David Hepler and Gerald Lolling. Zoning Officer Will D’Andrea
was also present.
[By DEREK HURLEY]