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New Lebanon residents turn out to support land sale to rail trail

May 30, 2018 10:30 am

Claire Gilbert is reporting for The Columbia Paper more than 80 New Lebanon residents showed up May 17, for a public hearing on the possible sale of a Columbia County-owned parcel of land at 16 Lover’s Lane to the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association. The trail follows a portion of the former Rutland Railroad. This would be the association's first acquisition of land. Bruce Shenker, a member of the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association, said that owning the property would lend legitimacy to the group, because the organization would finally have its own piece of the trail. At the public hearing, the majority of public comment was positive. Various community members spoke about the need for recreational areas in New Lebanon, for families and children to be able to spend time outdoors in a safe environment. Only a handful of residents spoke in opposition to the private sale. The New Lebanon Town Board will decide June 12 if it will recommend the sale to county officials. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.