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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:32

Fredonia Village President Chuck Lapicola confirmed that plans for a bike and pedestrian trail on the south side of Fredonia Avenue have fallen apart.

Lapicola said he has confirmed that the owners of two key parcels needed for the trail have no interest in selling access to their land to the village.

“The trail is essentially dead,” he told the Village Board last week.

The village has received the promise of a $45,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to create an extension of the Marie Kraus Trail, which runs west to Waubedonia Park.

Village trustees agreed last month to turn down the grant if the needed property access could not be acquired.

That decision came after a roomful of residents, primarily from St. Rose Avenue, said they objected to the trail.

Following that meeting, Lapicola said he heard from a number of residents in that same area saying they supported the trail.

Lapicola said he still holds out hope that the trail may be created some day.

“We have to put it off for the future. There is always the possibility of going the public condemnation route, but that would require showing it is essential to the village,” he said.

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