Sidewalks issue remains unsettled
Janesville’s sidewalk committee has supported a modest move to add those sidewalks on this year’s portion of the city’s seven-year plan that committee members agreed were most needed.
The committee also suggested new funding methods for repairs and installations. The committee suggested that the city, rather than affected property owners, pay for repairs. It also asked whether the city could charge residents who do not have sidewalks to help pay for walkways on the seven-year plan.
This week, the committee agreed to forward to the council a compromise that would allow a property owner on a "local" street—not an "arterial" or "collector" street—to request a sidewalk deferral until the house is sold, 80 percent of the street has sidewalks or after 10 or 15 years have passed.
Do you support this latest recommendation? Do you think the committee is doing the best it can given the difficult task?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Friday.