Monday, September 26, 2011

On the Trail With Frank: Recreation

Dear Friends & Neighbors-

I was lucky to grow up in Dallas, which had wonderful access to recreation. We had trails for cycling, lakes for boating and parks for every sport imaginable. I adopted these opportunities as personal values.

It was this value that brought my wife, Paula, and me to settle in Whitefish over a decade ago. I established a law practice and got involved in the Foys to Blacktail Trail project. I chaired the committee that created the non-profit entity, established easements, preserved existing trails while expanding what already existed. It was a multi-year process that I enjoyed very much, and the end result is a stunning trail system that Paula and I enjoy via horseback.

I then served on the Trail-Runs-Through-It planning committee, which later became the new and wonderful Whitefish Trail. Our committee mapped out the trail system and planned the associated amenities. The Whitefish Trail is the envy of many other communities; I remain dedicated to the maintenance and completion of the trail system. Paula and I cherish our time spent hiking from Lion Mountain to Skyles.

As a city councilman, I will also work hard to connect the Whitefish Trail system with the Fish Trail walking and biking system. That will require a path along 93 North, similar to the pathway along Wisconsin Avenue north of town. Beyond recreation, it is a matter of safety for walkers and bicyclists.

Values only matter if you work for them and live them. *************************************************************
Every Monday through November 7th, I will send you a brief newsletter that lets you know who I am, what I value, and why I ask for your support in the coming city council election. Please feel free to send me your views by email: franksweeney@montanasky.net or by phone (863-4848).

Or come see me and I'll buy you a coffee or beer. I'll be at Montana Coffee Traders every Tuesday from 4-5 and the Great Northern every Wednesday from 4-5. Let's talk. I'm excited about serving once again on the Whitefish City Council, and I want to start a conversation with YOU.
Note: The election ballot is mail-in only. Ballots will be sent out on October 19th and must be returned by mail or to city hall by November 8th. You must be registered to vote at your current address to receive your ballot.