According to an article in the Ottawa Herald (Officials taking neighborly position on rail trail deal), Franklin County commissioners have decided to delay completion of the Flint Hills Nature Trail in their county by failing to respond to a bond offer from the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy. The trails group has offered a bond of $200 per mile of trail, which would total about $5,000 for Franklin County. This is in line with the amounts that several other counties have agreed to.
However, Miami County, which is just east of Franklin County, has demanded a $76,100 bond for the small amount of trail within their borders. Miami County and the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy are currently involved in a lawsuit to settle the matter.
According to county commissioner Don Stottlemire, he wants to delay acceptance of the proposed bond to avoid “stepping on Miami County’s toes,” because “They’re our neighbors,” and accepting the proposed bond from the Kanza group would “undercut Miami County’s position.”
But what about the thousands of county residents and visitors who’d use the trail? They don’t seem to be part of the discussion.
How very neighborly.