CLINTON COUNTY — A long-delayed project is starting to get back on track.
On Thursday, the Clinton County Trail Coalition met with the new Mayor of the Village of Morrow (Mitchell Fisher) to discuss a project that was abandoned eight years ago. The project connects bike paths that will connect Wilmington to Clarksville and Morrow.
Bruce Saunders, president of the Clinton County Trail Coalition, told the News Journal they decided to hold their regular monthly meeting in Morrow instead of Wilmington so they could speak to Mayor Fisher.
“Thirty years ago, when our organization started, the first land we purchased was the abandoned rail corridor at Clarksville and Morrow,” Saunders said. “About 10 years ago we sold the land to the Village of Morrow, one of our coalition members wrote the grant to the State of Ohio in Morrow’s name. They used most of that grant – about $310,000 – to buy the land from us.
But Morrow’s leadership changed and the new mayor at the time was not interested in the trail project, officials say. For this reason, the project was abandoned. Then, after Mayor Fisher won the election last year, Saunders said he was “very interested in all the projects that were shelved.”
Saunders said a mutual acquaintance of his and Fisher’s discovered Fisher’s interest in the project and directed him to the Trail Coalition.
This trail currently leads from Wilmington to Ogden Road. The next phase is to connect Ogden Road to Clarksville, then Clarksville to Morrow. The goal is to help connect it to other trails statewide.
Funding for this project will come from statewide grants, according to Saunders.
For now, Saunders gave a “conservative estimate” of five years as the time frame for the project’s completion.
Contact John Hamilton at 937-382-2574