Newborn backs rails to trails

NEWBORN -- The Newborn Town Council has passed a resolution in support of the controversial proposed rails to trails project.

At its April meeting, the council passed a resolution stating that a 12-mile portion of the Norfolk Southern railroad runs between Porterdale and Newborn and is suitable for use as pedestrian and bicycle trails, and that Newborn would be a good staging area for users of the trail.

The resolution further states that the project would advance downtown revitalization, be in the best interest of residents and promote public health, safety and welfare.

The resolution has been submitted to Covington Mayor Kim Carter and Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan.

"We feel that it will help our community, and we feel there are solutions for the problems that seem to be holding it up," Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan said.

One of those solutions is to work out trade agreements with landowners concerning right of way, he said. Sheridan also said there's plenty of salvageable steel on the railroad, likely amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars, that could be sold, with the money used to help offset the expense of the purchase of the property. He said he's passed along those ideas to city and county officials.

"It's something people ought to consider. It's an easy way to solve the problem," he said.

Sheridan said he plans to attend a 5:30 p.m. work session April 29 at Covington City Hall to get more information about the project. The work session is open to the public, but is meant to be for informational purposes only and public comment will not be allowed.