Tony Warncke, a resident of Lindau Street, appeared before Archbold Village Council, Monday, May 6, to question the need for two sidewalks on Lindau Street.
Council granted a bid to Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold, for the reconstruction of Lindau Street at the same meeting. The two bids are detailed in a separate article.
Plans call for sidewalks on both sides of Lindau Street.
Warncke said he had been a Lindau Street resident for 13 years and that during that time, traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, has been low.
So why, he asked, were sidewalks on both side of the street necessary?
“I’m not opposed to sidewalks, but it seems a little over the top to put them on both sides of the street,” he said.
He said he was told village subdivision regulations call for sidewalks on both sides of a street once certain population densities have been reached.
But, he pointed out when Buehrer Street was reconstructed last year, a sidewalk was only built on one side of the street, and Buehrer Street gets much more traffic than Lindau Street.
“I don’t understand where you expect the traffic to come from,” he said.
Ed Leininger, a councilman, said he had been contacted Monday by someone who lives in the project area, asking the same question.
Leininger said the caller said if the village goes ahead with the current two-sidewalk plan, a large hardwood tree in the neighborhood will have to be taken down.
Bob Seaman, village engineer, said an informational meeting is scheduled for residents of the neighborhood on Monday, May 13, 5-6:30 pm, at the council chambers.
A comment sheet will be at the meeting, where area residents can list concerns.
When Warncke asked if it was too late to alter the plans, Jeff Fryman, council president, said change orders can be issued to add items to, or delete items from, the overall plan.
Seaman said construction will not start for three weeks to a month.
Leininger suggested a meeting of the council streets and sidewalks committee be called after the informational meeting to discuss the sidewalks.
Vaughn Bentz, a councilman, asked Warncke if there was a preference in the neighborhood as to which side of the street the sidewalk should be located.
Warncke said he did not know; he did not ask that question.
Kenny Cowell, a councilman, was absent.
The next meeting is Monday, May 20, 7 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh