Thurmont commissioners have voted to acquire a property on Moser Road that would be used to extend the H&F Trolley Trail south.

The acquisition of the property comes after several hiccups in the process. Both northern and southern extensions of the trail had been previously proposed; $74,000 was allocated from an open space grant program in 2017 to extend the Gateway Trail, which eventually fell through. This year, $60,000 was allocated from the same program to begin on the northern extension of the trail, said Jim Humerick, the town’s chief administrative officer.

Ultimately, the southern extension became feasible when the owner of the property agreed to negotiate a deal. The total cost of the property would be $150,000.

The property borders the western edge of Thurmont’s wastewater treatment plant and contains a small pond.

The trail now runs from East Main Street to Moser Road. This new extension would extend the trail from Moser Road to the town limits.

From there, the trail becomes a county project. The goal is to connect the trail to the Catoctin Furnace, and eventually through the rest of the county to Frederick.

Thurmont also hopes to later extend the trail north to Eyler Road Park.

Commissioner Marty Burns expressed concern about using allocated project funds for the property, in case the town needed to expand the wastewater treatment plant or make other changes to it.

The motion to acquire the property passed unanimously, with funding to be determined later.

Solar co-op

Tyrah Cobb-Davis from the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources also gave a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting on a solar co-op program that residents could benefit from. The nonprofit encourages residents and businesses that are interested in solar energy to create a co-op to benefit from bulk solar prices. Cobb-Davis said that about 25 people between Frederick, Hagerstown and Martinsburg, West Virginia, would have to be interested for a co-op to form.

The last time a co-op formed in the county was 2016, when 32 solar energy systems were installed in Frederick County.

A meeting will be held Nov. 20 at the Thurmont Regional Library.

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley.

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