Janesville City Council approves 2013 sidewalk plan
JANESVILLE--It might be just as telling to note who was not at Monday’s Janesville City Council meeting as who was: about another 50 residents and a dozen speakers.
Twelve residents spoke in opposition to recommendations by the city’s sidewalk committee to build an additional 8.5 miles in 2013, a move that would affect 370 property owners.
But those who came to Monday’s meeting were fewer than the number that came to past hearings.
It’s possible residents didn’t show up because they figured the council would accept the unanimous recommendations from a group created due to resident demands. The committee is composed of residents both for and against sidewalks.
The council—with the exception of Deb Dongarra-Adams, who has never supported sidewalks—voted to install all but a few small segments of the sidewalks as part of its seven-year program. The plan is aimed at closing sidewalk gaps in the city, improving safety and connecting pedestrians to neighborhoods and public facilities.
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