As a sitting council member, I represent Old Town residents.
I am disappointed in the city, Fishers and the county for having discussions to remove the Nickel Plate Rails. I think they got the cart before the horse.
Public meetings should have taken place before any discussion transpired to remove them. This is part of Noblesville’s history and shouldn’t be removed. I have been a lifelong resident of Noblesville and, as a kid, had the opportunity to ride this train.
I am disappointed that the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority and the Indiana Transportation Museum have not gotten their act together.
I will not support any part of removing these tracks but would support both a trail along the tracks. The city and county should be meeting with both the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority and the Indiana Transportation Museum to see how we fix the problems and get the train rolling again, with public safety in mind.
The City of Noblesville needs to worry about priorities we already have without creating new ones.
Rick L. Taylor
Noblesville Common Council