Members of the West Central Missouri Lodge #50 of the Fraternal Order of Police attended a press conference for Teresa Hensley, who is running for Missouri Attorney General. Pictured from L-R are Doug Blodgett, Travis Herrmann, Teresa Hensley, Ray Heck and Chad Wilderdyke. Hensley served as prosecutor for 10 years in Cass County and Kansas City.
...The Pleasant Hill City Council and the Downtown Association heard about the Rock Island Trail opening from City Administrator Mark Randall at their respective meetings last week.
...The Council and the Downtown Association learned the Rock Island Trail between Windsor and Pleasant Hill will be open December 5.
...The Rock Island trail will connect with the Katy Trail at Windsor.
...The trail will not yet be complete, but a large section will be available for use by the public.
...There will be a shared road for some time, Randall said, with the trail temporarily running up 58 Hwy.
...The possibility of taking the trail from north of the sand volleyball courts to Harrison is being discussed, Randall said, which isn’t ideal, but would remove a large part of the shared road.
...The trail head will be at the fairgrounds he said.
...The parking lot and the information kiosk will be built, but the rest stop and restrooms aren’t going to be built at this time, and it will be about two years before that part is built, because it will take a year to put in the sewer line.
...Equestrian access will be at Purvis Road, because they don’t want horses on the highway, Randall said.
...The horses can only travel south from Purvis Road, unless they want to go to the bridge over 7 Hwy., but at that point they will have to turn around, because horses can’t be on the highway.
...At the time they build a bridge for the trail, or develop the at-grade crossing, the equestrian access will be at the fairgrounds, Randall said.
...“Hopefully the Governor will be here.” Randall told the Downtown Association. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Governor didn’t come down in December, just because of the fact that he’s going out of office in January and he’d probably like to, you know, smash some champagne on it or something and say it’s done, because, you know, it’s kind of his legacy and all that and that’s kind of why they’re in such a big toot to try to work out some details now. But we’ll keep you posted on that, but hopefully they’ll do something awesome like that.” Randall said.
...A meeting between the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Division of Parks was to take place on Sept.26, to discuss the shared route, which consists of a two-foot painted shoulder on the highway, Randall told the Downtown Association.
...If there are lot of users for the trail, it could create a problem, and Randall was hopeful the meeting between MODOT and the Division of Parks would lead to some discussion and a more ideal solution.
...The Rock Island Trail from Pleasant Hill to Windsor was a result of the Taum Sauk settlement with Ameren. In 2007, the connection was included in Missouri’s settlement with Ameren overTaum Sauk. When Governor Jay Nixon took office in 2008, Missouri negotiated with Ameren to allow railbanking of the corridor instead of a “rails with trails” solution.