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City Council gets overview of Spartanburg trails and greenways plan

Tuesday, February 26

Plan calls for connecting existing trails in Spartanburg

At their meeting on Monday, City Council got an overview of the Spartanburg Trails and Greenways plan from Partners for Active Living Executive Director Laura Ringo and Jean Crowther of Alta Planning & Design. Released late last year, the plan calls for adding 137 miles of trails in Spartanburg County, many of which will connect our area's already existing 100 miles of trails


After studying an area that runs north to south from Boiling Springs to Old Canaan Road, and west to east from Interstate 26 to the Pacolet River, a broad group of stakeholders settled on nine priority projects that would create a web of trails and greenways for pedestrians and cyclists, linking the entire metro area of Spartanburg by using existing trails and by building new ones. Plans call for a mix of multi-use, paved bicycle and pedistrian trails, and unpaved, natural surface trails.

 

For an in-depth look at the trails and greenways plan, listen to our podcast with Laura Ringo and City Council member Cate Ryba.

 

In other business:

 

° Council heard from County Election Director Henry Laye on the state's new voter I.D. law, which will be in effect for City Elections this November. Voters looking to cast a ballot will need to bring a photo I.D. in order to do so, such as a Driver's License, DMV I.D. Card, passport, or military I.D. Voters will also be able to obtain a Voter Registration Card with a photo, by going to the County Election office at 366 North Church Street.

 

° Council voted unanimously to award a contract to remove and replace around 50 feet of culvert on Monroe Road to local company P.A.R. Grading and Hauling for $63,355. Monroe Road is located on the city's east side in the Fernwood neighborhood.


° Council voted unanimously to accept annexation of the property at 300 Brian Drive into the city. The property is located in the Hillbrook Forrest subdivision on the city's east side, and the property owners requested the annexation.


For more on Monday's council meeting, see the video below as well as a roundup of our live tweets.