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Public meeting next week on controversial Martis Valley Trail

Courtesy of Northstar Community Services DistrictA sketch of the proposed trail, in its four segments.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The public is being asked to weigh in on several features and two route alternatives being considered as part of a controversial trail proposal through the Martis Valley.

The Northstar Community Services District and Placer County planners are hosting the forum, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Truckee Town Hall, at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.

As proposed, the Martis Valley Trail would create a paved connecting route from Truckee to the Fibreboard Freeway that would serve, according to those in favor, as a key route for bikers, walkers and recreationalists. It would eventually connect to the greater paved trail network that connects with the Lake Tahoe Basin, completing a triangle that links Kings Beach, Tahoe City and Truckee.

and#8220;The Martis Valley trail will provide a great link to downtown Truckee as well as a terrific recreational opportunity for locals and visitors to come and enjoy,and#8221; said Alison Pedley, of the Truckee Trails Foundation, in a statement.

According to a previous Sierra Sun report, segments of the 9.5-mile path could be under construction as early as 2012 or 2013, pending approvals.

A spokesman in that January 2011 story said funding is estimated to total $18 million. More than $3.5 million had been generated at that time through Placer County Park Dedication fees, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Transient Occupancy Tax and community facility district bond proceeds.

According to the website http://www.MartisValleyTrail.com, project funding would come entirely from grants and other public funding sources.

and#8220;At this early date, it is difficult to determine with any certainty what the total cost might be,and#8221; the website read Thursday morning.

The January Sierra Sun report garnered a fair amount of online commentary; furthermore, a My Turn guest column from Agate Bay resident Jacqui Grandfield challenged the project for its potential high cost and possible disruption to wildife in the area, among other concerns.

Pedley countered that column with one of her own, lauding the project.


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