The following is excerpted from
the Recreational Path committee's project request to the Community Preservation
Georgetown Recreational Path Committee
Dick Paganelli - chair
Dick Boucher- member
Bob Morehouse - member
Jim Page – member
Alana Schmitt – Volunteer
Teri Roche – Volunteer
Shaun Roche - Volunteer
Who is the Georgetown Recreational Path Committee?
The committee is a Georgetown committee appointed
by the Board of Selectmen. The current committee was formed in March
of 2003 to determine the feasibility of developing a recreational pathway
along 4.6 miles of the power line transmission & former railway corridor.
What is the committee’s mission?
To enrich Georgetown’s community and countryside
by creating a public trail from former rail lines and connecting corridors.
What is our goal?
To create a tangible community asset used for
recreation, transportation, health, conservation, revitalization and connectivity.
Possible uses (all non-motorized) for the path
Walking dogs (on leash)
Cross country skiing
Hiking trail access
We’d like to receive financial support from Georgetown
CPC under the Recreational Land use category.
Please allocate funding to the Georgetown Recreational
Path Committee as seed money for developing our plans and to pursue this
important and beneficial issue. We request $30,000 from the Georgetown
CPA funds. We plan to use this money during the next 12-18 months
Investigate, educate, communicate and integrate:
Assess town resident interest (1995 Master Plan committee survey shows
over 80% of residents are in favor), use experts in Rails-Trails projects
to build interest and guide planning, hold informational sessions, conduct
scientifically sound quantitative market research, determine uses community
would utilize and incorporate input from citizens into our final plan.
Investigate: Conduct a preliminary engineering
investigation consisting of collection and analysis of available information
such as soils, vegetation, topography,drainage, man made features, property
lines, previous studies andsurveys. This data shall be verified in the
field by observation, handaugur borings, and spot surveys and measurements.
The investigation will be used to determine exact location of the trail
(on or off the rail bed, compliance with Mass Electric rule) and to develop
additional information as necessary to:
Prepare general statements regarding the scope and
feasibility of the proposed project
Obtain Construction Engineering analysis and a conceptual
Barriers to implementation
Feasible options to consider
General plan and sequence of major activities which
need to be performed prior to drafting a design plan
Estimate of the cost to prepare the project in final
design and to construct it.
Assess and resolve concerns: Massachusetts Electric
Company (MEC) has stated that they are considering our proposal for licensing.
They have brought 4 main areas for the town to address (liability, environmental,
operational, abutters concerns) however, in each area, MEC has also suggested
possible resolutions to each item. The obligation is ours, however,
to submit formal proposals for resolution.
Evaluate and mitigate any legal issues including
any abutter concerns, land use or ownership issues and any right-of-way