Has the town been surveyed relative to the proposed recreational path?
Yes, two thousand survey letters were sent out through the Georgetown light department billing distribution system in 2004. 500 responses were received. 90% were in favor of a shared-use pathway. 85% were in favor of connections to other towns. A usage survey was a component of the study.
Has title research been done on the ROW?
Yes, a Salem law firm has determined that the National Grid owns 2/3 of the ROW in fee and has easements on the remaining 1/3. There is some private ownership between Andover St. and West Main St. The Recreational Path Committee is in the process of conducting a more definitive title and ROW research.
Does the planning process involve other towns along the ROW corridor?
Yes, in 2006 the selectmen signed a resolution for Georgetown to be a member of the Boston to Border (B2B) Coalition. It includes the towns of Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Georgetown, Boxford, Topsfield, Wenham, and Danvers. The Coalition meets several times per year and has created a Regional Trail Implementation Plan. The Plan was presented to Mass Highway and Mass Highway created a B2B task force resulting in the release of Federal and State funds of $1.2 million dollars to contract a preliminary design of the entire 28 Mile B2B proposed route. The contract is out for bid and the award is planned for the end of June, 2008.
Has a feasibility study been performed on this project?
Yes, the engineering company of Fay, Spofford and Thorndike did a Feasibility and Conceptual Design Study for the Georgetown segment that was completed in July, 2007. The report validated the feasibility of the project. The report can be downloaded by clicking here.