~Submitted by Vivian Howell
One of the reasons I decided to move here from Fairfield County Connecticut was because of the conservation land here. The Minuteman Bikeway, and Springs Brook Trails offer paved and flat areas with parking for the community to utilize. Where the Reformatory Trail begins you immediately know you’re in nature. I have seen many wild and domestic animals enjoying this treasured landscape. Aside from team cross-country runners, there are many residents who only run on unpaved pathways.
There’s about an 1/8 or so mile of public road with car traffic from the end of the Minuteman trail to the Reformatory trail on Railroad Ave. It’s a busy road with a trucking lot, and school bus depot right in between the 2 trails. There’s also a blind corner at the entrance to the natural trail. Considering these factors, the number one agenda should be to connect the 2 trails so that we can avoid accidents, and provide the safest way to get from one trail to the other. It seems as though this is where it all began.
Somehow due to government funds, we are being sold on the idea that we need to pave (an 18” wide swath to Rt 62) through this gem of natural woodland. To push for this as an add on, in my opinion, is putting the cart before the horse. There has to be a better way. This is not the right reason to make this change.