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Washington Sidewalk Project Moves Forward

Posted: Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 6:25 am

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Washington City Council, a public hearing was held regarding a sidewalk project on East Washington street that would allow foot traffic access to Walmart and other entities in the area.

The hearing addressed the resolution of necessity. Among concerns voiced by property owners were financing of construction, and safety in regards to speed of traffic and maintenance of the surface. Washington Mayor Jaron Rosien addressed both those with concerns in the hearing and council on the project. “If council passes that resolution of necessity, there will still be future meetings where any assessment is approved or ratified by council or direction with how the project is funded can still be made. I want to say that because I would encourage council to pass that resolution, but address these concerns from the hearing, because they can be. There are people who say, ‘Why are you not working on the sidewalk along this route? Why are you not using our money wisely to provide safe walk-ability for people.’ People are asking why we aren’t taking our responsibility to do something there seriously.”

The council opted unanimously to move forward with the resolution with the understanding that future concerns can be addressed through upcoming steps of the project. This allows the project to stay on track for a spring construction date.