The Powassan committee will study the creation of a multi-purpose trail


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The Municipality of Powassan Recreation Committee is being asked to look into the development of a multi-use trail in the community.

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Deputy Mayor Randy Hall suggested the project, which would see a trail laid out on a strip of land between Main Street and Highway 11.

The distance would be approximately 4.3 kilometers and would start at the south end of town at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and wind its way north to McCharles Line.

Hall says the land the trail would follow is owned by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Hall adds that the trail could be used by people on horseback or ATVs, hikers and snowmobilers.

Hall agrees that many things need to be in place, including the ability to use ministry land.

Hall told The Nugget that when he first broached the issue about 18 months ago with MTO officials, “they were receptive to it.”

“We didn’t get 100% approval, but they didn’t say no, but they didn’t say yes either,” Hall said.

One of the hurdles the project must overcome is crossing Genesee Creek, a wetland adjacent to the fire department and municipal building at 250 Clark.

However, Hall says a Bailey bridge would solve that problem because it would cover the 25 to 30 feet needed to cross the creek.

Hall said he put up antennas to see if anyone can help with the bridge part of the project.

The Deputy Mayor specifies that the multifunctional trail is a project that will require several partners, including those who can contribute to the development of the trail.

It’s a municipal election year and Hall has yet to decide whether he will seek another term on council.

If he does not run, Hall intends to serve on the recreation committee to help him pursue the multi-use trail project.

“If we could do that, that would be great,” Hall said.

Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works at the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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