Hudson -- At least 14 residents from Nicholson Drive attended the Oct. 2 Council meeting to share their views on sidewalks.
Residents were divided on whether they want a sidewalk along one side of their street, which extends from West Streetsboro Street to Barlow Road.
Nicholson Drive is one of the roads which is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2014 or 2015. The road will be dug down to dirt, cement added for stabilization and then paved.
Sidewalks are not normally part of a road improvement project, but Nicholson Drive may also be on the connectivity list as a site recommended for sidewalks, and the work could be completed at the same time.
The ad hoc connectivity committee had its first meeting Sept. 30, and Council member Keith Smith said it was productive and hopes to have something about sidewalk and trail recommendations to Council Nov. 6.
The committee is reviewing existing trails and sidewalks and recommending where new trails and sidewalks should be added to connect neighborhoods, schools and downtown.
A preliminary study indicated a sidewalk would be best located on the west side of Nicholson Drive, but the trees planted in the past by the city have matured and would have to be removed, said City Engineer Thom Sheridan. The estimated costs for a sidewalk the length of Nicholson Drive on one side is $750,000, he said.
Some residents want the sidewalks for the safety of children and walkers who must go into the street. They said traffic has increased, and drivers often encounter walkers, dogs and bicyclists in the street.
Those against sidewalks want to retain the "country look" and mature trees behind the stormwater ditch that runs along the road. One person suggested the police enforce the speed laws and "significantly" increase fines.
The latest a decision could be made would be before construction in 2014 or 2015, whenever it is scheduled.
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