Dirt bikers represented the majority of the attendees at last night’s meeting at the Litchfield Community Center. Very thoughtful questions were posed by local residents, other user groups, and riders alike. Concerns for cost, safety, and feasibility were discussed. The Army Corp of Engineers was again represented by Mr. Patchkofsky and their position was repeated to the audience; if the greenway comes through Army Corp property, they recommend the east side of the river.
As promised the NVCOG published the NRG Thomaston to Torrington Segment Scoring Matrix. After reviewing the matrix we presented the following to the NVCOG:
- We are glad to see that the abandoned Rt. 8 and rail bed within the trail bike area are listed as “neutral or uncooperative public land owners”
- Based on your own findings in this regard and the public statements of Chris Way and Steve Patchkofsky of the Army Corps of Engineers, we’d like to request that trail segments 9C, 9D, 9E, 14A, and 14B are removed from this list of possible segments in the same way that 4A, 5A, 5B, 12B, 13B and 13C have been removed from consideration.
- If you choose to disregard this request, we ask that you add to the Notes section of 9C, 9D, 9E, 14A, and 14B explicit mention of the current uses of these areas and the fact that use of the abandoned rail bed and Rt. 8 road would be strongly detrimental to the state’s only legal trail bike area.
The NVCOG said they would update the matrix to include commentary that the trails in question have high OHV use.
Notably, Tony Gasper (NETRA President) was invited as a stakeholder in future NVCOG committee meetings. Tony will be an excellent representative of the Thomaston Dam riding community.
Thank you to all that attended the three meetings. We believe our message has been heard but we still have a ways to go.