A historic photo of Linden Avenue in Wolfville. Council has decided to put a sidewalk on both sides of the street, as it traditionally was.
Town council decisions are often all about how to spend taxpayers’ money.
After putting the question off for a number of months, Wolfville is going to go ahead and reconstruct a sidewalk on the west side of Linden Avenue.
The estimated cost is between $23,000 and $25,000. The public works staff report recommended against the project, which was put off last summer when the street and a concrete eastern sidewalk were rebuilt.
According to the town administration, staff do not believe there is a need for a second sidewalk based on traffic counts, random site visitations during high-use periods and consultation with the traffic authority.
Two council members, including Mayor Jeff Cantwell, voted again the motion to proceed with reconstruction. Neighbourhood resident Bruce Wellwood was there to applaud the decision.
Afterwards, Ann Thomson MacKay wrote to council opposing the decision based on the need to invest public works funds elsewhere.
“This decision to go in there and tear things up again has been made less than a year following the beautiful upgrade to paving and curbing Linden received last fall. This is not a sensible planning nor is it a sensible use of use of our taxpayer money,” she wrote.
MacKay suggested that the north side of King Street needed its first sidewalk for safety reasons.
“Linden Ave already has a beautiful level sidewalk that services the school and connects perfectly with the marked crosswalks at the top and bottom of the street. Pedestrians are safe on Linden Ave.”
Cantwell responded to her concern by saying the sidewalk on Linden Avenue had been discussed for many months and was included in the budget approved in March.
“After much debate, council has elected to move ahead with the west sidewalk and additional improvements to the streets and sidewalks are continuing as per the capital plans for this fiscal year.”
He said he agreed there are “so many areas where we could invest more in our infrastructure and as we reassess our priorities for the upcoming capital year and beyond, all those concerns will be part of the planning considerations.”