In the September 28 water bill a questionnaire on traffic and tourism went out to the residents of Fincastle. Fincastle Town council decided to develop a survey during the summer and formed two committees for traffic and tourism. Traffic is headed up by Mason Peay and tourism by Carol Brenner.
The first part of the survey concerns identifying the traffic issues within the town. Residents are asked to pick out the places within the town boundaries that need additional attention for traffic safety reasons.
The second part of the survey structure is to look at the potential for tourism in Fincastle. Five events were identified to see how the public feels about the 4th of July, Christmas parade, Halloween parade, HFI Holiday Home tour and Big Spring Park. The respondents are to rate the events as most important or least important. All surveys are due in by Oct. 31.
The historic value of the Town of Fincastle lends itself to developing a tourism plan. From hosting William Clark and once reaching to the Mississippi River, court records, buildings and much more, Fincastle has historic roots in westward expansion from colonial times. On Nov. 3, the NOAA Lewis and Clark marker will be placed at the Courthouse. As the Lewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail develops, the eastern connection with the town will be significant. Fincastle is one of the few areas noted on the trail that has locations of historic interest that can be visited and explored.
Town manager David Tickner said the information will be gathered and studied to see what happens next with either plan or both of them.