Council delays sidewalk program
JANESVILLE--The Janesville City Council on Monday delayed the 2012 sidewalk program, giving a committee 60 days to report back with recommendations on which sidewalks should and should not be built.
That same committee will report back in September on its recommendations for the 2013 program and then again by March 2013 for the remainder of the program, which ends in 2017.
The council directed City Manager Eric Levitt to recommend who will be on the committee.
The vote to delay the sidewalk program was 6-1, with council President Kathy Voskuil casting the dissenting vote.
The decision was made about 1 a.m. Tuesday after three hours of public testimony.
The council in 2008 created a seven-year plan to build 63 miles of sidewalk. It delayed implementing the plan for two years because of the economy.
The special meeting Monday was called after new council members reopened what several others called a “can of worms” when they brought the program back to the council. The numbers of residents who spoke at the meeting—64—had to set some sort of record.