(Re: Sidewalk work debated for Bible Hill streets, trurodaily.com, April 10, 2014)
Congratulations to MLA Lenore Zann for speaking up on behalf of the residents of Saywood Estates who have been waiting for road work for many years, and have gone without safe sidewalks for more than 25 years
Numerous political campaigns have brought the issue of the serious need for safe sidewalks within Saywood Estates to the Bible Hill commission’s attention. For the village commissioners to continue to find excuse after excuse to not move forward on this issue is unacceptable.
Concerns were expressed at an April Bible Hill Village Commission meeting covered by the Truro Daily News about “unknown projects potentially arising” When a new school does move forward in 2015, 2016 or 2017 considerable assistance is a forgone conclusion as part of that proposed project.
“May send the wrong message to some village residents,” commissioner Dale McLeod said in the story. Yet approving a budget which the ratepayers do not get to see until it is approved is the right message?
“It may (cause) some discomfort for residents …,” village chairman Tom Burke said in the story. The residents of Saywood Estates have lived with the “discomfort” of no sidewalks for more than 25 years, when do they get comfort? Another 25 years or more?
The safety of the residents; the children who walk to school, the people who would love to enjoy a safe sidewalk in their own community, who pay taxes for services they receive or do not receive, deserve the comfort of a safe sidewalk. Not second in line to Pictou Road residents who have sidewalks now on both sides.
Yes Lenore you are correct, the Village of Bible Hill needs to make sidewalk work in Saywood Estates a priority.