Thank you, su­per­vi­sors

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - JANE WHIT­FIELD Rap­pTrails founder and co-leader, Amissville

Iwant to ex­press my ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the board of su­per­vi­sors. Over the past year, I have worked closely with a group of res­i­dents, as well as with school district and county of­fi­cials and staff from VDOT and the Rap­pa­han­nock Rap­i­dan Re­gional Com­mis­sion, in a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort to build a multi-use recre­ational path in Rap­pa­han­nock County.

The re­sult of this ef­fort is a plan for the Schools Con­nec­tor Trail, a 1.2-mile path con­nect­ing the el­e­men­tary and high schools. This is an ex­cit­ing pro­ject that will greatly ben­e­fit many in our county. When funded and built, it will not only pro­vide a safer way for school chil­dren to walk or bike to and from the Rap­pa­han­nock pub­lic schools, it will al­low every­one to ex­er­cise, so­cial­ize, and en­joy the out­doors. It is a great op­por­tu­nity for Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dents to en­joy the types of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties that coun­ties all around us al­ready have.

The best part about the pro­ject is that, through the VDOT Trans­porta­tion Al­ter­na­tives Pro­gram, fund­ing is avail­able to cover up to 80 per­cent of the con­struc­tion costs, and lo­cal foun­da­tions and in­di­vid­u­als are step­ping up to cover the rest. Mon­day night, the su­per­vi­sors ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion that al­lows the county to ap­ply for this fund­ing. This de­ci­sion is an im­por­tant step in mov­ing the pro­ject for­ward, and shows a clear com­mit­ment by our county lead­ers to pro­vide ser­vices that en­hance the lives of our res­i­dents.

I have en­joyed work­ing to­gether with county of­fi­cials, the schools, and our cit­i­zens — now my friends — on this wor­thy pro­ject. And I re­spect that some peo­ple are anxious about tak­ing on a pro­ject of this scope. I be­lieve that as we come to­gether and build a place where we can en­joy our county and each other, while get­ting healthy and fit, we will also be strength­en­ing our en­tire Rap­pa­han­nock com­mu­nity.

The board of su­per­vi­sors, and all of the county staff in­volved, de­serve to be com­mended for sup­port­ing this pro­ject.

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