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Baileys Trail Athens City Funding Update

The previously tabled city ordinance to help fund the Baileys Trail project (tabled at the last council meeting on 4 Nov) is on the agenda for the Athens City Council meeting tomorrow night, Monday Nov 18, 2019. There will be a proposal to bring the funding ordinance back for discussion and likely amendments.

The most likely scenario tomorrow is for the funding ordinance to be amended, and receive its first of 3 readings. The other 2 readings will need to occur by the last Council meeting in 2019, on December 16, which should NOT be a problem.

There still seem to be some council members that are opposed to the ordinance because of the amount of the hotel tax and/or the number of years (20) that the payments will be made.

We’d love to get people out to show support for the project tomorrow, but what will be more important is to show up for the 3rd reading, which will likely be on Monday Dec. 16. Mark your calendars.

If you haven’t yet sent an email to city council in support of the Baileys Trail Project this Fall, then please consider doing so now. You can find information on who to send the email to, and an example email template here:

Baileys Trail Project Action Alert!

Baileys Trail Project Action Alert!

The Baileys Trail System needs your help. Athens City Council members need to hear from you prior or at to the council meeting this Monday, Nov 4th. 

The Athens City Council is currently in the process of reviewing the proposal for the city to help fund the Baileys Trail Project. The ordinance is up for final reading and a vote on Monday, November 4, 2019, and is first on the agenda at 7:00 PM. If the ordinance is tabled or fails to pass on Monday, then this will delay the project, and threaten funding that is being lined up from the county, investors, and grant sources that is dependent on the city’s relatively small contribution to the project. Note that the city is proposing spending hotel taxes (transient guest tax), not property or other taxes toward the project. 

Here are 2 courses of action to voice your support for the Baileys Trail Project at this important juncture: 

1) Send an email to City Council telling them that you support the project and that the city should fund the project as proposed. Send the email to the Clerk of Council Debbie Walker (dwalker@ci.athens.oh.us) and cc Mayor Steve Patterson (spatterson@ci.athens.oh.us). In your email, ask Clerk Walker to distribute your message to all council members. Alternatively, if you prefer, you may send the message to individual council members. Here is the link to Athens City Council web page with the list of members and their email addresses. Also, see the example email template below. 

You don’t need to be a city resident to contact city council in support of the proposed funding ordinance, but be sure to tell council members where you live, and that when you visit the Baileys Trails that you will spend money in the City of Athens. It might help to mention the local businesses that you like to visit.

2) Attend the City Council meeting on Monday at 7:00 PM, and be prepared to briefly speak in support of the project. It is first on the agenda, so you can show up and leave as soon as the item is completed, no need to stay for the entire council meeting. 

Thanks. Your participation and support is very important right now in order to ensure passage of the funding ordinance. 

Here is an example email template. Copy and paste, and edit to customize the message as you see fit.

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Clerk Debbie Walker,
Please forward the following message to all Athens City Council members prior to the Monday Council Meeting on Nov 4, 2019.

Athens City Council,
I am writing to you in support of the Baileys Trail System in the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest. I’m hoping that you will support passage of the proposed ordinance 0-110-19, which will provide funding from the City of Athens to directly support the Baileys project.

The Baileys Trail has the potential to provide a sizeable economic boost through increased visitation and tourism to the region. The City of Athens already has the businesses and amenities to draw the Baileys visitors once they get in Athens County, and thus the city is likely to benefit the most economically from the completed Baileys Trail System.

If the City fails to provide direct financial support to the project, then that will jeopardize other funding for the project that are dependent on the city’s contribution, potentially including Athens County’s contribution, millions of dollars of investment funding, and State and Federal grants. If the city does not act, the project implementation will drag out development of the trails for at least an additional 4-8 years, delaying the much needed economic benefits for the area.

The Baileys Trail System is an opportunity that Athens cannot afford to miss out on. Coal mining and other extractive industries have provided a boom and bust economy throughout the history of the area. From an environmental and economic perspective, the Baileys Project is exactly what Athens needs and what we must invest in if we want to find sustainable economic alternatives for the city and the region.

<Your Name>
<Your Address>
<Your Email>
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For Reference: Ordinance 0-110-19 for Third Reading:
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE CITY’S TRANSIENT GUEST TAX TO THE OUTDOOR RECREATION COUNCIL OF APPALACHIA (ORCA) FOR FUNDING THE BAILEY’S TRAIL SYSTEM ALONG WITH OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. Introduced by Council Member Risner

Baileys, Brews, and Blues – Wednesday October 2, 2019

Baileys Trail System Update and Social

Coming soon: a world-class mountain biking and recreation experience in Athens County, Ohio! Join us at Eclipse Company Store on October 2 at 6:00PM to hear the latest news about the start of trail building and the plans for the future of the Baileys Trail System and outdoor recreation in Athens County, Ohio.

Baileys, Brews & Blues event flyer

The Baileys Trail System has been many years in the making. Initial concept and plans date to the 1990s. In the past few years, a core group of volunteers, organizations, and government entities have worked hard to realize this dream of a world-class mountain bike and recreational trail system. The first 13 miles of trail should be ready to ride next spring.

Once built to its full 88-mile planned extent, the trail system will highlight the ridges and slopes of the 9,000-acre Baileys Tract on the Wayne National Forest, and will have direct community connections to Nelsonville, Buchtel, and Chauncey, as well as bikeway connectivity to Athens and The Plains via the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. With 15 million people living within 150 miles of The Baileys Trails System has the potential to become destination for trail-based recreation enthusiasts throughout the Midwest.

Studies show that building a mountain bike trail destination boosts local economies through tourism and provides health benefits to citizens by providing safe, accessible places to walk, run, bike, and enjoy nature. With the physical connectivity of the Baileys trail system to area communities, it is intended that the trail system will provide a source of community pride, and foster an appreciation for the management and conservation of public lands.

Come on out to Eclipse Craft Beer Hall on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to get an update on the Baileys Trail Project, throw back some brews, network with others that are interested in the project, and even listen to some live blues music, as Blues Cowboys are playing on the stage outside at Eclipse till 8:00 PM.

The Baileys Trail System is poised to become the flagship of an extensive array of recreational opportunities already available in Athens County, including mountain biking, hiking, trail running, equestrian, kayaking, and canoeing, in Strouds Run State Park, the Hocking River, City of Athens parks, Ohio University, Hocking College, and Athens Conservancy preserves. 

mountain biking group ride
mountain biking group ride

Baileys, Brews & Blues is made possible by the participation of many organizations involved with the Baileys Trail System project including Athens Bicycle Club, Wayne National Forest, Rural Action, Athens County Foundation, Applied Trails Research, Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ohio University Recreation Department, Village of Chauncey, the Ohio Recreational Council of Appalachia (ORCA), among others. 

Event Schedule

  • 6:00-7:00 PM  Introductions, panel presentation and question/answer session
  • 7:00-8:00 PM  Informal social and musical performance on the outdoor stage

The event will be held in the upstairs space of the Eclipse Company Store, located at 11309 Jackson Dr, The Plains, Ohio. Food and drink will be available for purchase downstairs in the Eclipse Company Store, and may be brought upstairs for consumption throughout the event. Attendees can also enjoy a free outdoor music performance by the band Blues Cowboys until 8:00 PM.

Visit the event page on Facebook at: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/382444419089851/
For more info on the Baileys Trail project, visit this website: https://www.baileys-trail-system.com/

Google Map to Eclipse Craft Beer Hall in The Plains, Ohio.

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