By Jeff Cole, The Evening Tribune, link to original post
The Hornell Common Council on Monday approved applying for a Transportation Enhancement Program Grant, which could help fund the creation of a walking/biking trail from Hornell to Arkport, possibly paving the way for a bike trail between Arkport and Canisteo.
Mayor Shawn Hogan said he has had preliminary discussions with Ken Isaman, Hornellsville town supervisor, about paving the walking trail from Shawmut Park to Webbs Crossing Road to start create a walking/biking trail from Hornell to Arkport.
“We’d like to begin the planning and implementation phase,” Hogan said. “I talked to Kenny Isaman and he seems very supportive of it. It would be a joint venture (between) the town and the city and also what I’d like to do is eventually develop a bike trail that would run from Arkport to Canisteo using abandoned railroad property.”
According to Hogan, the city is going to begin the planning and budgetary stages for the trail from Shawmut Park to Webbs Crossing, then look to develop the area running from East Avenue to Belle Haven and turn it into a well-developed trail.
“That would basically give us a bicycle trail that would run from Canisteo to Arkport,” Hogan said. “You have to follow an in-city bike trail, which would run down East Avenue to Main Street, Main Street to Thatcher Street and Thatcher Street down to Shawmut, but then it would go on a trail, so it would be some intercity travel and intracity travel, but most of it would be designated bike trail, which eventually would run from Canisteo to Arkport.”
Hogan said Hornell is “missing the boat” by not developing full-blown bike trails.
“Biking is becoming more popular,” Hogan said. “They’ve got extensive bike trails in Olean, in Williamsport, Pa., in Rochester. We’re missing the boat. I’d like to begin a preliminary study and implementation of a section that would run from Shawmut to Webbs Crossing, but eventually work to having a bike trail that would run from Arkport to Canisteo, which would be a great bike trail.”
As for the amount of state aid the city is applying for, Hogan said, “We’ll be applying for whatever we can get.”
The Council also approved the Hornell Area Humane Society conducting a door-to-door dog-and-cat census in response to the cat overpopulation problem in the city.