Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Focus of Dec. 22 Hearing



ELLSWORTH — A public meeting about a planned $1-million, 1.3-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail between Route 179 and Birch Avenue will be held at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. before legislative and city officials.

This row of evergreens in front of Marc Blanchette’s house will be cut down and replaced with saplings 2 feet closer to his house. The state owns the right of way where the taller trees are located. — JACQUELINE WEAVER
This row of evergreens in front of Marc Blanchette’s house will be cut down and replaced with saplings 2 feet closer to his house. The state owns the right of way where the taller trees are located. — JACQUELINE WEAVER

 

The meeting was organized by Marc Blanchette, whose Birch Avenue home abuts the trail and who has been fighting to keep 16 mature pine trees from being cut down to make way for the trail.

“The meeting is to give people a chance to speak with their representative and senator about it, whatever their concerns may or may not be,” he said. “I think there will be more people there that have concerns.”

Rep. Brian Langley (R-Ellsworth), Sen. Dennis Damon (D-Hancock County) and Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal are scheduled to be in attendance.

The project was initiated by the Maine Department of Transportation (Maine DOT) in 2002 and will be funded by the DOT and with federal enhancement dollars set aside for pedestrian and bicycle trails. The work is to be completed by the spring of 2011.

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