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Mill Creek files multiple lawsuits over future of bike trail

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GREEN TOWNSHIP, Mahoning Co., Ohio -

Controversy over a proposed bike trail in Mahoning County has come to a head with several residents in Green Township now being sued by Mill Creek Park in order to make way for the path. 

The effort to build this bike way has been in the works for years. The additional 6.5 miles of proposed bike trail in Mahoning County is part of a bigger project that would stretch roughly 100 miles from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. But, locally the project has hit an impasse.

"That a person on the bike trail can literally stop their bicycle and physically, from me to that woman right there, look into my house. That is appalling to me," expressed one land owner at a Green Twp. Trustees meeting.

The meeting that took place Tuesday night was unusually well attended. Hands were raised to represent the number of landowners who say they're now caught in a court battle with Mill Creek over the future of their property.

"The fact of the matter is we will still own the property, we will still pay taxes. We're going to pay taxes for our property to be stolen. Some other guy will give a donation for the bike trail and he will get to name that stretch across my farm after himself," said landowner Diane Less.

Some residents took their frustrations out on trustees.

"You people are suppose to be fighting for us." said one man.

Trustees though saying it's the state that has given the park the power to try and obtain land through eminent domain and that they are also caught in negotiations with Mill Creek since the park wants to obtain a piece of township property.

Residents asked the township to not enter into any agreements before their lawsuits are finalized.

"We are not entertaining selling the property," said one trustee.

Following the meeting,  21 News spoke with Mill Creek's Executive Director Aaron Young who said there is potential for 13 lawsuits and it is the park's position that the bike trail is important enough to the general public to see the litigation process, available to them, through.
 

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