City de­lay­ing start of hik­ing trail un­til spring

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY GARY KEAN gkean@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

It was sup­posed to be done by now, but the City of Corner Brook has not for­got­ten its plans to hon­our the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment’s most dec­o­rated sol­dier.

Just over one year ago, Corner Brook’s city coun­cil an­nounced that it would be build­ing a hik­ing trail in mem­ory of Maj. Ber­tram But­ler, a First World War hero who lived out most of his life in Corner Brook.

The plan was to com­mence work on the trail last spring. The trail­head would be off West Street, near the Ul­tra­mar gas sta­tion, and the trail would wind its way up the hill to join the ex­ist­ing Three Bear Moun­tain trail.

The work has been de­layed be­cause of the de­vel­op­ment of the build­ing that for­merly housed The Bar­gain Shop and which is now be­ing turned into a bou­tique ho­tel and mi­cro­brew­ery by Major’s Log­ging Ltd.

Dar­ren Char­ters, the City of Corner Brook’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity, en­gi­neer­ing, de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning, said the project was put on hold to en­sure that it would fit in with what­ever Major’s Log­ging had planned for its de­vel­op­ment.

Char­ters said the city has re­quested an update on the build­ing site de­vel­op­ment and de­sign work for the trail is be­ing worked on.

He ex­pects the trail work to now be started this com­ing spring.

The work be­ing done by Major’s Log­ging had seem­ingly been on hold re­cently, with not much ac­tiv­ity at the site. The Western Star re­quested an update from the com­pany but had not got­ten any re­sponse as of dead­line Thurs­day.

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