Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rail Trail Plans Move Forward

The certificate of incorporation for Putnam County's Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail Authority is on its way to gaining approval from the county commission. Putnam County's planning committee this week recommended approval of the certificate, which commissioner Sue Neal says will allow the authority to establish itself as a non-profit 501-C-3 organization under the rules of the IRS. That means they can officially begin accepting monetary donations that are tax-deductible by the donors. Neal says once the certificate is OK'd, the authority will bring back a set of by-laws for the commission's review. Meanwhile, she says that an overall design plan has been drawn up for the rail-trail, which may be available for public review in the coming months. The trail itself is expected to open in the latter part of 2010.