What a wonderful
day to be outside. This dedication marks the culmination
of a lot hard work by a lot of people.
There is some
trail yet to be paved in Mequon, which should be completed
next spring; however, I thought you would be interested in
some of the statistics so far. Your trail has
approximately 14,208 tons of gravel from your County
Gravel pit, and 10,795 tons of asphalt from your county
hot mix plant, 20,919 yards of excavation went into the
trail. The bridge over the Milwaukee River spans 325 feet
and cost over $328,000.00. There are 390 wood posts, 114
steel posts and 180 feet of culvert pipe ranging in size
from 36 inches to 72 inches. A lot of work went into this
trail, and we should all give a round of applause to the
Highway Department for the fine job they did.
Even if they told
me personally, not to use the trail in spring because of
load limits. Guess I will have to trim down a little. I
asked Tom Meaux if I could bike to work with him in the
morning, I was thinking that maybe I could ride in the
back of a bicycle made for two so I donít have to peddle.
I also want to
take this time to thank Governor Scott McCallum for
guiding us through the maze of DOT funding, without him
this could not have been accomplished.
As many of you
know, this trail follows the old interurban streetcar
route that was the lifeline from the urban to the rural
areas. It goes back to 1905 or thereabouts. The interurban
was discontinued in 1951. Some of us can remember putting
pennies on the track to have them smashed down into thin
ribbons of copper. I even heard that some young boys would
put stones on the track to see how high they could make
the streetcar jump. The district attorney isnít here is
she? Hopefully, the statute of limitations has run out.
Today, you will
hear a lot about the trail and the connecting of the
Future, Present and Past of Ozaukeeans. And speaking of
the past, I would be remiss if I did not mention the
restoration of the courthouse that is the newest project
that will be accomplished with your help. I personally
invite each and every one of you to take a look at the
courthouse in downtown Port Washington. It is a beautiful
building and deserves to be recognized. Please visit it
soon and join with us to preserve our heritage.
They often accuse
me of giving tidbits of useless information. In keeping
with that, I have to tell you that many decades ago they
used the old courthouse for school dances and proms.
During an inspection of the tower, we found that many of
Ozaukeeís forefathers had written their names on the wall
in the tower. It will be interesting to see what else we
uncover along the restoration path.
We all have to be
proud of what Ozaukee County means to each of us. This
trail that we are dedicating today, will eventually link
from the Mississippi, to Chicago to Green Bay. The people
who worked on this project to make it the success that it
is have not gone unnoticed. I want to thank each and every
one of them on behalf of all of the citizens of Ozaukee
County. Without them, this trail would never have been
accomplished. Letís give them a round of applause.
To me, this trail
represents a ribbon of activity weaving through
communities that represent the bulk of all Ozaukeeans and
connecting with trails that will expand our boundaries.
What a fantastic way to bring us all together in an
atmosphere of enjoyment and healthy activities.
So I leave you
today with this in mind.
We must Learn
from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.
Thank you so much
for coming today, enjoy your trail, enjoy your county.
Chairman Ozaukee County Board