Rock Island Trail would be a gold mine for small towns - and citizen feedback to governor needed to show support | STLToday.com

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Ameren is donating 144 miles of valuable property to the state of Missouri. However, the gift must be accepted when it is offered late this year. . . .

Thirty of the 144 miles are within the city limits of towns like Gerald, Owensville, Belle, Freeburg and Versailles. About 90 miles parallel Highways 50, 28 and 52, and often just feet away.

The Rock Island Trail will be a virtual gold mine for 20 towns that boomed from the Rock Island Railroad and then went bust along with its bankruptcy.

Communities are asking to be allowed to help themselves through partnerships with Missouri State Parks. Accept the corridor and let people use it as it is wherever it is safe to do so. Fence off bridges until they are repurposed for trail use.

Everyone can have a say at surveymonkey.com/r/yrqx56f

MoBikeFed comment: More background & sample messages for feedback to Governor Greitens here:

http://mobikefed.org/2017/06/alert-gov-greitens-undecided-about-rock-isl...

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