|Third Annual Meeting|
Our third meeting was held in Loveland's City Chamber. We had another good turnout of the faithful.
Simeon Copple started the meeting with an overview of what has happened since our last get together on January 25th. The IRS approved our non-profit status, retroactive to December 31, 2008. This means that your membership fee and contributions are tax deductible. We conducted an end-to-end trail inspection with park management to access the overall trail condition and safety issues. 32 oak bridge boards were purchased by the Friends and given to park management. They installed them on the Middletown Road bridge last week. We also purchased 14 pipe safes which we plan to place along the trail for the purpose of accepting donations and advertising our organization.
A good part of the meeting was devoted to safety issues involved with the trail. A cyclist was severely injured last year on one of the bridges, so we have been talking to contractors about paving over 3 of the "rivet-headed" bridges between Hedges and Richland Roads. One bid is very promising at $6,300.00, but we are not sure if the bridges will be able to carry the weight of the paving equipment. Aaron Rourke talked about the Adopt-A-Trail program and the great need for general maintenance all along the trail.
Marsha Rolph of the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District gave a presentation on the eroding river bank between mile marker 15 and 15.5 and the plan to restore the topography so it will not negatively affect the future use of the park trail.
Simeon closed the meeting with the same hopefully optimism in which he opened it.