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Public Hearing Wednesday on Phase II of Still River Greenway

Last chance for public input on the major phase of the 2-mile bike path.

The Inland-Wetlands Committee is holding a public hearing Wednesday night, the final local approval for Phase II of the Still River Greenway, also known as the bike path.

Engineers from Fuss and O’Neill will be presenting an overview of the project (see aerial map above) and the public will have an opportunity to give input.

“All signs are pointing to a project that’s ready to go,” Brookfield Director of Parks and Recreation Dennis DiPinto said Tuesday, as once Inland-Wetlands gives their approval, the town is only waiting on the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps is the final federal agency to give approval on the plan, as the some 80 percent of the funding for the project is through state and federal grants.

DiPinto said Tuesday he is hopeful the town will have a final cost for Phase II by April and, if so, “There’s a chance to get a shovel in the ground on this in 2014.”

The 2-mile Greenway will extend north and south from the existing Phase I, which has an entrance and parking lot next to the police station on Silvermine Road.

The path will stretch from a turnaround just north of Route 133 at its southern point to 777 Federal Road — just south of Four Corners — at its northern point.

DiPinto said he doesn’t expect too much public comment Wednesday, as the project “has been vetted out” thoroughly over the last several years.

The hearing starts at 7:15 p.m. in Town Hall room 135.
Concerned January 22, 2014 at 09:00 AM
steve, your comment is idiotic.
al January 22, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Who in their right mind would want to travel that tick and mosquito ridden path, besides Bill Davidson,who sees it as his legacy to Brookfield. Maybe that is where the stolen campaign signs are buried along with Brookfield's electoral honor.
Art Kerley January 22, 2014 at 02:25 PM
I am looking forward to the completion of the Still River Greenway trail and bike path and would encourage its eventual extension through the Town Center District up to the New Milford border. The Still River is right in our "back yard" and yet access to some of its most scenic spots is limited to all but the most avid and determined hikers who are not afraid of getting their feet wet and muddy along with encountering some woodland critters. This project will enable Brookfield residents of all ages to get up close and personal with this natural resource. I commend Mr. Davidson for spearheading this effort. And knowing Mr. Tinsley as a fellow hiker, I look forward to his championing this effort going forward.
BobCat January 22, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Agreed, Art. I've been back there a few times. It's very nice with the potential to be so much better.
Concerned January 22, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Perfectly stated Art~

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