It was great to see everyone who came out I support of the B&O Trail for our annual meeting on Tuesday, March 7th at the Avon Town Hall. We gathered to hear from Brian Payne of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Brian spoke about creating a new vision for central Indiana as a follow-up to the bold vision that created the Cultural Trail downtown. An effort is underway now to develop a bold $100 million vision. Various "lens" will be used to measure and assess options for central Indiana. Could an extension of the B&O Trail into downtown Indianapolis be a part of that vision? That is the $100 million question but one that Brian says will be answered in the coming months. Our engagement and input on his group's efforts will be important. Thank you Brian for sharing your vision with the B&O Trail community.
In addition to hearing Brian speak, updates were provided by BOTA president Diana Virgil on 2016 construction projects and 2017 plans. Dave Mace and Steve Blacketer provided financial updates and newly elected HCTDA president Dave Jackson updated the crowd on the B&O Rotary Bell project from 2016. BOTA board member Richard Vonnegut from the Indiana Rails to Trails Council updated everyone on two key state bills currently working their way through the legislature which are important for the future of trails in Indiana. Those two bills are HB 1174 and SB 494. Contact your legislators and encourage them to support these two bills.