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Still River Greenway Committee gets to work in Brookfield

Still River Greenway Committee Chairman Jay Annis gave an update to the Board of Selectmen on their work since the group was formed in September.  They're collaborating with the New Milford Trail Committee to create a shared vision of a route from the present Still River Greenway up to New Milford.   

East of the Still River along the Housatonic Railroad tracks included areas too narrow and close to the tracks to be feasible.  Annis noted that there was some challenging topography which would have required cut and fill work.  A route along the west side of the river was determined to be the better option.  A quarter mile or half mile north of the Four Corners currently has grass walking paths, which could become the route northward. 

Newbury Condominiums has easements granted for the greenway, if needed.  Riverview Condominiums, opposite the river and closer to the Four Corners, does not have easements needed for the trail to move forward.  They have language in their contract protecting the land from further development, even from a greenway.  They are working with the Town Attorney on what their options are, if any. 

The group applied for a $25,000 unrestricted grant for trailway work.  The Western Connecticut Council of Governments was taking grant requests in October, but that wasn't enough time to submit an application.  They are looking to apply during the next round of funding.  They've also talked with the Housatonic Valley Association, an organization whose work coincides with goals of the Still River Greenway Committee. 

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