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Mary Anne Loy Sidewalk Report warmly received by City Council
Mary Anne Loy is hopeful that Town-to-School Sidewalk can be completed by start of School in August of 2016. Lindsey Wilson Main Campus to Sports Park Sidewalk project is moving again, she reports. Other projects in longterm plan include Tutt Street, Walker Street or Mitchell Street, Dillon Street, Burkesville Street, Sidewalk to serve pedestrians leaving Rice Addition. Greensburg Street from Walker Street to Good Shepherd Church, and Hurt Street, Bomar Heights, and West Frazier Street.
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By Ed Waggener
With hopes that the long overdue Public Square to the Adair County School Campus could be a reality before the opening of schools in the fall, and that the Lindsey Wilson Main Campus to its Sports Park will start soon, Mary Anne Loy, chair of the Sidewalk Committee appointed by Mayor Curtis Hardwick, delivered a comprehensive plan for sidewalks which was enthusiastically received by the City Council at it's regular June 6, 2016 meeting.
The report focused on three topics: 1) Lindsey Wilson Sidewalk update 2) Greensburg Street Sidewalk-to-Schools, and 3) Future or long range sidewalk planning for Columbia.
On the Lindsey Wilson Sidewalks, she said that LWC VP Mark Coleman, has reported that the project is finally moving forward again, and that the school is now talking with property owners, and that he is encouraged that sidewalks will be built soon. Councilman Ron Rogers, a member of the sidewalk committee, said that the cost of construction would be paid through grant money. Those funds have already been received and are set aside. Mayor Hardwick added that the City will be out no more than in-kind services.
On the Sidewalks to the Schools project, she said that the obstacles are not with property owners along the way, but only with financing and, for the most part, getting started. Ms. Loy said that she had talked with almost 90% of the property owners along the path of the proposed sidewalks who were favorable to the project. She added that the information she had received was that the sidewalk would be on State Highway Department Right-of-Way, and was confident that the Highway Department would approve the sidewalks on their property.
Mayor Hardwick said he had been told the right of way was not wide enough to include the sidewalk project.
Ms. Loy, however, said she believed, with negotiations that the project could proceed one way or the other, either with land owner consent or with Kentucky State Highway Departments. She volunteered to head the negotiations, along with Council Member Ron Rogers, to secure the necessary paperwork. Those negotiations will begin promptly, she said.
In a document handed out, she wrote:
"To refresh everyone's memory, the planned sidewalk would run 2+ blocks along the north side of Greensburg Street, with a crosswalk at the intersection of Dillon and Greensburg Streets. It would be constructed on KY DOT right of way. When completed, the school campus would be connected to the town square, and beyond.City Wide Planning
Ms. Loy presented the following in her written and oral presentation. She wrote, "Our committee felt it was also appropriate to think about other areas of town that need attention:" and listed 1) Existing sidewalks 2) Population served 3) Safety and 4) Connections that would result. Her list of these projects follow:
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