New sidewalk slated for 2015

Sidewalk from Silver Kettle Village to Extra Foods proposed by Sunshine Valley Women's Institute.

There won’t be a sidewalk in front of Silver Kettle Village this year but it will definitely go into next year’s budget, said City of Grand Forks Mayor Brian Taylor.

At the Sept. 15 regular council meeting, council looked at a proposal by the Sunshine Valley Women’s Institute for building a sidewalk in front of Silver Kettle Village to Extra Foods.

The institute made the presentation at a previous council meeting.

The reason the institute gave is the high number of residents in the area plus the “growing traffic which makes it unsafe for pedestrians using walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, strollers, tricycles, bicycles or walking.

The delegation believes a sidewalk there would improve the safety for the residents of the area.

After discussing several different options, council decided to move it to next year’s budget.

Before deciding, council heard from staff on the options.

“In their original request, with the letter they submitted, they requested the sidewalk from 19th St. to 27th,” said Sasha Bird, manager of development and engineering for the city. “We also looked at asphalt, we looked at concrete. We also looked at the fact that there was interested development in the area, that’s why we held off the first time. If we can defer those costs and have the developer pay for a portion of this, then the city wouldn’t have to (pay it all).

“We looked at 19th St. to 27th, asphalt to concrete. We looked at just Silver Kettle to 27th, asphalt to concrete. We also looked at council having the opportunity to include this in the 2015 budget; to wait for future development or just leave it status quo.”

Bird said there has been plenty of development interest in the area recently and that staff strongly recommends deferring the project until the 2015 budget or wait for further development in the area.

“We’re not postponing it,” said Mayor Brian Taylor. “We need to budget for it so we’re moving it ahead to the 2015 budget. But, in fact, there is so much interest in properties in that area that we may be able to do an even better job by making it accessible sidewalk areas with the help of developers. They would have a development cost that would include fixing up and bringing those sidewalks up.”



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