Commissioners discuss Rails to Trails

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — During a meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, Preble County Commissioners received a letter concerning Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The author requested the commissioners consider partnering with Rails-to-Trails, to make Preble County easier to travel by bike.

According to its website, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, 31,000 miles of rail-trails and multi-use trails, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built, with a goal of creating more walkable, bikeable communities in America.

“It has been on ongoing effort to try and get that route which would connect Indiana with Montgomery County. We’re the missing link in between here. Obviously, we have the railroad right of way, but we also have multiple issues,” Commissioner Chris Day said.

“It would be a great idea. If you’ve ever travelled U.S. 35 over in Indiana, that railroad right-of-way parallels it. In the spring and summer, there are bikers, walkers, and they have benches every so often where you can sit down. It is used a lot. It is just met with a lot of opposition in Preble County.”

In other business:

•The board approved an agreement referencing Uniform and Textile Services Agreement with Cintas for $10,000 for the Landfill.

•The board approved an agreement referencing FY19 Aggregate Agreement with Wysong Gravel Company for $2,000 for the Engineer.

•The board approved an agreement referencing FY19 Concrete Agreement with Camden Ready Mix Company for $150,000 for the Engineer.

The Preble County Board of Commissioners meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Preble County Courthouse, unless noted otherwise.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH