Was a fair turnout last week for the MoDOC and MODOT discussion forum in Owensville. The Dept. of State Parks was there too as to the Beaufort to Windsor trail on the Rock. Seems there were a number of miscreants as myself with pertinent questions, primarily Money and how this would be funded, expectations of revenues changes and how much impact Off of the KATY and other current trails. Thoughts on the collapsed tunnel number 5? and what of lost revenue to business that would start and not be utilized well enough to stay open. Dept. of Parks noted they have ZERO money to do this at present, they can barely keep up on the KATY, thinking was they MAYBE MIGHT COULD offer maintenance and upkeep to Great Rivers Greenway Trails Co. on BOTH. That went over like a Lead Balloon. DOC wants little to do with this other than restricting sides access so people do not trash or poop in rough ground with sensitive wildlife nearby. MoDOT was talking of interconnects along Hwys. 19 and 47 for connecting KATY to the Rock for bikers, MORE expenses. Then questions arose on the trestle bridge fire, was any serious damage, to which they excused themselves. A fella that lives by the old Gasconade bridge said appeared the ties and base timbers bolted to the metal structure took the hit, only minor fire contact to steel. Said he walked it a few weeks later, still relatively solid on the wood just charred heavily. MoDOT also stated was thinking MAY or MIGHT get the Okie Dokie to try to entice a shuttle service to re-track the roadbed at least to Belle or maybe Eldon for Commuter line and for some minor freight runs(MFA is interested as will likely shut down two feed mills and a fertilizer operation due to the loss of rail service) MFA cited expenses for trucking per ton materials hauled in and out as a potential to realign to rail service.