Buchtel suggested using the NCCC and Americorps to work on the Illini Trail.
Banta said that this is where partnering with agencies and volunteers can help.
"Everybody's hiring for money, everybody's hiring for time. I believe this can be a demonstration project. Partners can provide major maintenance of the trails," she said.
"Lake Shelbyville is a destination but do people utilize it the way they could," asked Banta. "You're looking at a broad base benefit for the community," Banta said.
Also participating on the panel was Eric Harris, representing the Central Illinois Mountain Bikers Association. He and others from the organization offered their help in maintenance work on trails around the lake.
Those with the biggest concerns voiced were area hunters who believe the proposed expansion of the trails would disturb the wildlife.
Others in attendance agreed that the expansion of trails would benefit the neighboring communities.
Shelbyville Mayor Jeff Johnson said the city would support the trails development.
"The trail benefits the cities economically, no doubt about that," Johnson said.