Village views Rails to Trials as positive

The Village of St. Joseph discussed the Rails to Trails bike path at a recent meeting.

Several trustees attended a meeting held at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church that discussed the project and how businesses could benefit from it.

The project is expected to start construction in the Spring of 2016 with St. Joseph being on the first leg of the project that will span from Urbana to Vermilion County.

The meeting included information on how to promote businesses along the trail and obtaining grants for bike racks and signage.  

“I think we are ahead of the game with the new businesses we have opened up in this past year,” Mayor B.J. Hackler said.

These businesses include a coffee shop on Lincoln Avenue.

“I think it’s exciting,” said Trustee Tami Fruhling-Voges. “I see a lot of potential for the village.”

In other news, the village held a hearing on Dec. 8  to discuss a franchise agreement with Volo Broadband.

The company provides Internet service in Thomasboro and Champaign-Urbana. They hope to expand into St. Joseph in 2016 and have the entire village covered by 2017.

Company CEO Peter Folk said the company has already installed part of the infrastructure needed to provide the service to St. Joseph residents.

The company offers broadband, phone and cable TV services.
 

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