Proposal Outlined For Forest Land Tract

It was a full house at last Wednesday’s Town of Kirkland Board meeting.


Most in the audience were there for a presentation by the Sherril Brook Community Forest Coalition and Kirkland Trails.


Before the presentation took place, the board passed two resolutions.


The resolutions were to authorize the budget director to make a budget amendment to approve the transfer of Kraft Hockeyville funds for the Clinton Arena floor and for engineering, administration and legal resulting from the arena floor grant. Each transfer was for $50,000.


During reports from town officers, Highway Superintendent Jon Scott mentioned the flooding that took place in the Town of Kirkland over the past few days. He said they are cleaning up from the flood and evaluating damage.


Jim Bramley, president of the Kirkland Trails, and Stuart Miller from SBCFC gave a 30-minute presentation to the board about a parcel of land adjacent to Sherrill Brook Park. Bramley started the presentation with an introduction of the Kirkland Trails and its mission.


He then addressed the main issue at hand—a large wooded property across from the New Hartford Town Park that’s for sale. If acquisition of the property is possible, it would help the Kirkland Trails expand, connecting Clinton to New Hartford.


Miller then went into greater detail about the property and what he and his organization have done to try to purchase the over 400-acre property adjacent to the park.


The property is in both the towns of Kirkland and New Hartford, with access points on Brimfield Street, Route 12B and Clintonview Road. The land includes an informal trail system, gorges, streams and waterfalls. About 160 acres are within New Hartford town lines and 235 acres are in Kirkland.


Miller added it would be a great asset to the community.


He said the private owner of the land in question has informally allowed non-motorized recreation for years. If the property is not purchased from the current private owner and used as an outdoor-recreation destination, Miller said the area could be commercially…



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