Although First Energy (the power company) told us that we may have extreme difficulties getting approval to cross the Rails to Trails, this week God answered our prayers. The Houtzdale Rails to Trails gave us approval to cross the trail with our utilities. The cost will be $200.00 per year. It is not exactly what we were hoping for, but we are thankful that it was not higher. We are still awaiting approval from the other land owner. The Rails to Trails borders almost the entire western side of the property. It will be a great place for hiking and biking. This is a picture of the Houtzdale Rails to Trails.
Currently, the property does not have any utilities. We met with the power company, and they told us it may cost $50,000 – $60,000 to bring the utilities in our driveway. If, however, we could bring the power from Route 253, it would be relatively inexpensive. To bring the utilities from route 253, we would need the approval from the Houtzdale Rails to Trails and another property owner. We have talked to the Houtzdale Rails to Trail and to another landowner.