Seneca County Supervisors Tuesday took a closer look at plans for the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail project. Some supervisors, County Manger Keith Ashby and others took a boat ride on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal to better understand how the statewide trail will cross Seneca County from Seneca Lake to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Last month, county officials met with farmers and concerned citizens who live along the proposed pedestrian/bicycle trail route on the south side of the canal. Seneca County has received a $536,000 federal grant for the first phase of the trail project. That includes design work and construction of a stone-dust pedestrian and bike trail on the south side of the canal form Seneca Lake to the Village of Waterloo. . County officials need to decide whether or not to formally accept the funding and proceed with the project. Those opposed to the trail complain snowmobiles and ATV would have greater access to private property. County supervisors will hold a public hearing on plans for the trail on July 29th. The board could at that point approve the plans and move the project forward. Invited to take the boat trip today were U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, as well as local Congressman, State Senate and Assembly members. None of whom took the county up on their offer.
Photos: Waterloo Supervisor Ed Bouderau discusses the trail with County Manager Keith Ashby. The group leaves the dock at The Riverside on Seneca Lake. Greg Cotterill for FingerLakes1.com