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Toronto discusses walking, biking trail

August 13, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The city's walking and biking pathway was discussed during Monday's City Council meeting.

George Komar, president of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, approached council members with an update on the pathway, which was spearheaded by the organization. Komar said in July the pathway extended onto county Road 7F to Empire and Stratton, creating a 14-mile loop.

"We worked with (Jefferson County officials) to put signs on (county Road 7F)," he said, adding the organization also cleaned the sides of the roadway with the help of local Boy Scouts and other volunteers.

Komar also said the city had received recognition from U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, concerning the pathway.

Bob Merideth, chairman of the coalition's biking and walking committee, asked council members for support in improving the pathway.

"We want to improve and expand what we have," he said, adding the committee was hoping the city would allow a sign marking the pathway underneath a stop sign at the corner of Daniels and North Fourth streets. "We're hoping we could put a directional sign there," he said.

"My first thought is that's private property," said council President Tom Thomas, adding the city may need permission from the landowner to so. "(The request) is going to have to go to the safety committee."

Merideth handed out photos of the site in question.

John Parker, city safety director, said the stop sign probably needs to be replaced.

"(The sign) looks like it needs to be replaced and brought up to specifications," said Parker.

Councilman at large Ron Holmes, member of the safety committee, said he has no objections to placing a sign underneath the stop sign as long as it is legal to do so.

"(The coalition) would pay for the sign," added Komar.

All agreed placing the sign was a possibility, and the matter will be discussed by the safety committee.

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