Ronald Trottier, Chief Executive Officer for Railstar Corporation spoke at the June 19th RACOG board meeting about his vision and ideas for the railroad bed between Lowville and Carthage, plus Lowville to Croghan. He also shared his ideas on utilizing the Black River for kayaking and pontoon boats. Mr. Trottier said he is hopeful that by the end of summer, that pedal cars will be in operation for a small portion of the railroad bed in Lowville. He currently has crews working to clear brush and has also placed an order for the pedal cars. While the focus right now is on the railroad bed near Lowville, he has plans to expand into the Castorland and Carthage area.
Mr. Trottier is also very interested in the Black River for recreation opportunities for kayaking and pontoon boats. At this meeting, Mickey Dietrich, RACOG Municipal Management Consultant for the Tug Hill Commission, presented a preliminary navigation hazard map from Lowville to Castorland. He, along with the summer EFC (Environmental Finance Center) intern, Seth Lapp, mapped out the navigation hazards along the Black River, including depths. They will be looking to finish up this mapping in the next couple of weeks, once they have collected the last stretch from Castorland to Carthage.
Mr. Trottier is also looking to form a group of partner businesses to help to bring people to the area and create a place for multiple activities for people. He talked about partnering with local restaurants and other establishments.
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