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Existing dollars don't exist, supervisors decide

We were made very happy Aug. 12, when the Raccoon River Valley Trail was announced as this year’s inductee into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and even happier today, when induction ceremonies took place at the Perry trailhead of the RRVT.

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But the happy news of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame was mixed with sadness, too, because the Dallas County Supervisors missed a golden opportunity this year to reconfirm their commitment to the RRVT and to promote economic development and tourism at the northern end of Dallas County, which sometimes seems to play second fiddle to the dynamic southeastern quarter of the county.

The opportunity knocked in early April, when $5 million in one-time funding for bike trails suddenly became available — with a fast-closing, five-week window on applications.


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