At the Council meeting of June 19,2007, a very compelling case was made for getting the City to fund a project to install sidewalks and perhaps more speed bumps along a stretch of Woodland Ave. The safety of many young children in the area seems to be the main driving force for this need.
The group gathered 49 signatures from all the homes along this part of Woodland, which was 100% of all the homes in that area.
Ok, there is indeed a need. The City behind the scenes was made aware of the situation; the estimate of $200,000 for the project was already in hand from interim City Manger Kent Steffens.
Let me propose that rather than just gathering 49 signatures, each of the homeowners pay $2000.00 which would amount to about $100,000 or about 1/2 of the cost of the project. After all, they all bought homes in the area knowing there were no sidewalks; they are looking for an improvement to the neighborhood, but should they not be willing to pay for say 1/2 the cost of this improvement?
If you happen to be in an area which did not have sewer service and the city improves to providing that service, generally an assessment district will be setup and each homeowner would be required to pay an assessment for that service. This seems fair, and I would think it would likewise be fair in the case of new sidewalks as well.