By Jennie Acklin
Village of Ellicottville Mayor John Burrell presented an idea to the EVGV Trail board last month, outlining a plan to exchange sidewalks along Fillmore Drive for a section of the EVGV Trail along Parkside Drive to the Town Center and future site of the EVGV Trailhead structure. (See June 10 issue of the Ellicottville Times.)
Burrell updated the committee with an estimate of $25,000 (from the Sprague Development and Niagara Building sidewalks partnership), plus potential Village streets and sidewalk budget funds for the project. Additional funds from the EVGV Trail and from the Town of Ellicottville will also be needed to cover the costs of construction, to optimistically be completed before Fall Fest 2016.
MDA Engineering is expected to have a detailed cost estimate and plan drawings ready for next week’s Ellicottville Town Board meeting.
The cost estimate for the Parkside Drive section of the trail will include a 10-foot parking area, curbing from the corner of Parkside and Maples Road to the Fire Hall / Fillmore Drive, drainage along Parkside Drive, and pedestrian crossings across Fillmore Drive to the south side of the Town Center parking lot.
To move forward with the trailhead structure, Town Planning Board approval will be necessary.
Engineer Mark Alianello suggested that a member of the Trail board attend the July Town Planning Board meeting to talk about the trailhead design project.
Alianello also expects to receive a revised survey of the proposed route of the trail from the Town Center to Route 219 from wetlands scientist Eric Krull, before the July Town Planning Board meeting. The survey will outline final delineation for the trail, with the measurements of how much the trail will cross wetlands in that area.