ShareThis Page
Home

Borough, conservancy consider partnership for trail

| Thursday, April 5, 2001

Crafton and the Chartiers Nature Conservancy may partner to develop the 1 1/2 miles of the proposed Chartiers Trail that goes through the borough.

Mickey Bannon, a Chartiers Nature Conservancy board member, discussed forming the partnership Tuesday during borough council's finance committee meeting.

He said the conservancy has access to private grants that the borough does not. In the past four years, the conservancy has received nearly $1 million in grants.

Bannon said that the credibility of the municipality and the funding of the conservancy together will form a good partnership.

The borough has been looking at other funding options to develop its stretch of the Chartiers Trail. Borough officials are considering applying for a $180,000 grant from PennDOT.

If council receives this grant, the trail must meet PennDOT specifications. Council members say they have received ambiguous and differing information on these specifications.

It is clear that PennDOT requires that there be a parking area at each terminus of the trail.

Council and Bannon agreed to each select a representative that can start a discussion on the proposed partnership.

The eight-mile Chartiers Trail will connect East Carnegie and McKees Rocks.

The conservancy began work on the trail on March 31 by spreading mulch at the East Carnegie trailhead.

The trail will serve as a key link to the regional trail system by connecting with the Pittsburgh trail system at the Ohio River. The Montour Trail and the Panhandle Trail, which stretches to Weirton, W.Va., also will link with the Chartiers Trail.

Allegheny County designated the conservancy as the lead organization to fund and build the trail.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me