At least a hundred feet of the west sidewalk would go through the driveways and parking lot of John Weis Ford, and cross two driveways for Coborns. I can see the point of folks who would rather not have a sidewalk there. Playing dodge ball with cars wouldn't be fun.
A pretty good idea seems to be to have a sidewalk on the west side of Ash running north from the Lake Wobegon Trail, a crosswalk at the trail, and a sidewalk on the east side of Ash from there, south to 12th Street. Of course, it's easy for me to like the idea: I live on the east side.
Just the same, using the existing sidewalk on the west side, north of Lake Wobegon Trail, and putting a new sidewalk on the east side from the trail to 12th makes sense.
- For starters, it should be less expensive than putting new sidewalks on both sides.
- I'm not convinced that a well-marked crosswalk would be more dangerous than a sidewalk running through an active auto shop's lot.
- Coborns' driveways wouldn't be a picnic to cross, either.
I'm hardly neutral on this: It's likely enough that I'll be one of the homeowners.
Three thoughts, and I'm done for now.
- Talking over a project like this is a good thing, bringing up good ideas and exposing not-so-good ones.
- Projects get much more efficient, when people (and organizations) are spending their own money.
- Holding public office isn't fun - No matter what you do, someone's going to complain.