The past two West Chester Township Board of Trustees meetings ended with a passionate argument about the extension of the Port Union Bike Trail. The proposed extension would link the intersection of Port Union Road to 747 in West Chester. Trustee Lee Wong was passionately for the extension, while fellow trustee member Catherine Stoker opposed the plan.
At the end of the Sept. 28 meeting, Wong (photo), who admitted to the board and the public that he enjoys biking on the trail, brought up the opportunity for the board to apply for a community development block grant. Wong urged the board to apply for the grant immediately.
Stoker opposed the idea of making the trail just a few hundred feet longer and favored the original plan of not only extending the bike trail past 747, but also underneath I-75 to the Rave Motion Pictures located at the Streets of West Chester.
“I think we should wait for an opportunity to do the whole path,” Stoker said in the September meeting. “I think that opportunity will come up when we get more growth in the Streets of West Chester area.”
Two members of public spoke during last night’s (Oct. 12) meeting, expressing their desire to extend the bike trail. One member of the public said that the trail would have to be built in “segments” in order to ever be completed and Wong stressed the importance of not waiting for a “jackpot” to come along to fund the entire original plan to the Streets of West Chester.
With the public comments and the deadline of the grant said to be this Friday, the board discussed the possible extension last night, Oct. 12.
Trustee member George Lang sided with Stoker during both meetings. In last night’s (Oct. 12) meeting Lang listed off numerous concerns that would have to be ironed out before the trail extension should be considered. Lang expressed his concerns about the safety of leaving bikers in an unsafe area and about maintenance costs of extending the bike trail.
Video of the Sept. 28 meeting can be seen online. Video of last night’s meeting should posted shortly on the West Chester Township website.
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