Victor's Proposal - A 10' crushed stone superhighway to replace an attractive and desirable foot wide footpath is being proposed by the Town of Victor. They are recommending an 8' wide stone-dust trail, with one foot graded stone shoulders (that is - 10' in total of crushed stone) area on both sides, for the Railroad Mills section, where currently there is a 1' wide footpath through a narrow linear meadow (photo at right). The Town's proposal will have a negative and substantial impact on the plants and animals and will likely impact the wetlands along both sides of the trail.
Victor's proposed plan would:
Victor's plan is NOT what current users
and the majority of the public want to see in the
Railroad Mills Special Environmental Area.
Our Compromise - The Coalition recommends, instead, that the Town preserve RRMSEA, and highlight it as a unique natural destination for its residents and visitors. The trail should not be widened more than the 3' width that is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Coalition offers the volunteer services of its experts to work with the Town Supervisor to get an exception from the grant administrators to treat RRMSEA differently and work with the Town to develop the area into a showcase destination for nature preservation and interpretation.