When last I left you, we were listening to Watkins Abbitt talk about how the High Bridge Trail Park would be great, if he could only run things his way and start the construction of it in Farmville, which is not in his district, instead of Cumberland County, which is.
Whew! Got that?
The Editor of The Farmville Herald had an editorial on “The Little Idea That Really Can Open The Beauty Of Cumberland” on July 13th. More on that later.
The Herald : (from July 11, 2007)
Del. Hogan told The Herald on Tuesday that “I have asked to see their plan and the rationale for it and I will take a look at it…”
But the logical approach to me, is to try to construct first those sections that will get the most use”, Del. Hogan said. “Do it in a way that the most people can use it for the least public expenditure.”
I wonder when most Republicans and/or Independents (who vote with Republicans) became concerned with government efficiency? Does anyone really believe that is the reason Mr. Abbitt and Mr. Hogan are interested in changing things in an approved plan?
More from the article:
Del. Abbitt believes a key advantage, in addition to giving the trail a major launching off point in downtown Farmville, is the fact that the town has offered to build three miles of the trail inside their corporate limits.
“Farmville can build it ten times cheaper,” Del. Abbitt said
If the state appropriated %50,000, the town could construct the entire three mile section and Phase One could bring the trail from High Bridge to the town’s Corporate Limits.
But that isn’t the real reason, right boys?
Del. Abbitt said an important detail needed to be worked out between the Town of Farmville and DCR before the Farmville portion is constructed and that is, simply, providing a sub-surface right-of-way beneath the trail to the Town for water lines any other necessary infrastructure.
Doing so shouldn’t be a problem, according to Del. Abbitt. The Town can lease the thin three-mile stretch to DCR with the right-of-way provision.
But Del. Hogan cited what he called “institutional resistance” within the state bureaucracy to the Town doing that.
Delegate Hogan, that’s probably because it is a terrible idea. And Delegate Abbitt, why are you trying to take an instrument of economic development away from Cumberland County? And why do you and Delegate Hogan want so much to determine how DCR does its job? Especially since the only part of Farmville in your (Delegate Abbitt’s) district is on the north side of Appomattox River?