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    Tony Fracasso - Admin
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    Buffalo, New York, United States

    YIYBY - The path to a new Southtowns trail looked smooth

    Learned a new term today

    YIYBY - Yes in your back yard

    The path to a new Southtowns trail looked smooth. Then things got rocky.

    There was nothing but delight and applause on a simmering August day last summer when the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail group announced a 49-year agreement that would allow the development of a 27-mile-long trail along an old rail line from Orchard Park to Ashford.

    But not everyone was smiling.

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    Tony Fracasso - Admin
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    May 2003
    Buffalo, New York, United States
    This is a tough one. When someone else own's the property directly behind your house you really can't say much can you. Property rights.

    "When we built the house, we signed up for the tracks," she said. "That's one of the reasons we moved here."

    But now that the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Railroad has granted a 49-year lease, with five 10-year extensions built in, to the nonprofit Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Artim is rattled. There used to be about two trains a day going down the tracks. Now, she and neighbors are envisioning trail hikers and bikers peering in their windows and backyard swimming pools.
    That is true.

    "Why does it work in other places?" Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail board member Howy Holmes said. "There's trails all over, and they work."
    I wonder if there is a trailed literally along the back of Howy's yard.

    But the group hopes to be able to mow the grass and have parts of the trail open by next summer. The trail will be open from dawn until dusk.
    How does one open and close a walking path? Do volunteers walk the path during the day and tell people to leave come dusk?

    Crime on the trail has not been a major issue, according to Town Engineer James Jones.

    "It's actually made the community stronger, he said. "Neighbors go out and talk to each other."
    How is it making the community stronger? What makes people think others want to take time out of their busy day to talk about crime a walking path might bring? Or issues about trash along the trail?

    The trail runs right through most of the archery and trap shooting ranges at the West Falls Conservation Society. The club, with more than 300 members, has been around for more than 70 years, and has a number of programs for youth on its more than 50 acres. But if the trail, which is elevated at that point, is developed without changes, it would mean the end of the club, said president Jack Bouquin.
    Now that is BS. Those people were there first and that range is just as important to them as a walking trail is to other people.

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    Ask Altemio Sanchez how much he enjoyed using the bike path. Just make sure you get there during visiting hours. And be sure to leave early; it’s a long drive to Dannemora.

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