By Brian Quinn, Wellsville Daily.com, link to original post
For Allegany Trails, Inc. to expand the Upper Genesee Trail north through Wellsville, the trail will need to cross school district property.
William Dibble of Allegany Trails Monday gave the Wellsville school board a description of the project and asked for permission to cross the property as well as put up signs and widen existing sidewalks to 12 feet wide. The board will consider the request and be in touch with Dibble, said Superintendent Kimberly Mueller.
Dibble said the plan is to bring the trail along Harder Place, across West State Street into the middle/high school parking lot, behind a couple of buildings. It would go past the football practice field, join up with existing sidewalk and go around toward Route 417.
“We’d like to make the sidewalks a little wider. I don’t want to get too close to the fields from a safety standpoint,” Dibble said.
Mueller told board members she and Dibble walked the path the trail would take. She said there will be no cost to the district for the trail to go through school property.
The trail will be for hikers, runners and bikers, but no motor vehicles will be allowed. He said the goal is to get funding to put in a walking bridge across the Genesee River near Jones Memorial Hospital.
“It takes grant money to get out there and that’s another stepping stone,” Dibble said. Allegany Trails’ goal includes expanding the trail north of Wellsville into Belfast, he has said.