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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 20, 2014

Project proceeds on South 12th Avenue

By David Hotle | Apr 16, 2014

Several residents from along South 12th Avenue, which is scheduled to be part of a construction project later this year, spoke in favor of having 5-foot sidewalks as part of the project to the Washington City Council during a public hearing Tuesday evening.
The council approved the continuance of the program, which will include 5-foot sidewalks, after hearing from about five residents. When the audience was surveyed, everyone from 12th Avenue who had attended the meeting spoke in favor of the larger sidewalks, except for one person who indicated she didn’t care either way.
“I think that is the direction the council wants to proceed,” city administrator Brent Hinson said when asked if 5-foot sidewalks would become the new norm for Washington. “The Planning and Zoning Commission is already looking into that.”
During discussion, several of the South 12th Avenue residents said that they believed the larger sidewalks would be more convenient for people with infants and for children to play on. At a previous meeting, the 5-foot sidewalks had drawn many questions.
The project will be bid out.
In other business, the council:
• approved the first reading of an ordinance to remove a stop sign and replace it with a yield sign on North Third Avenue;
• approved an ordinance amending several responsibilities of city officials; and
• approved a resolution endorsing the Historic Preservation Commission application for an HRDP grant.
• approved Harold Frakes’ appointment to the Library Board; and
• discussed the city clerk and city administrator’s evaluation processes.

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