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City officials in Carl Junction, MO seek public input on proposed sidewalk project along Briarbrook Drive

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City officials in Carl Junction, Missouri are seeking public input on a proposed sidewalk project along Briarbrook Drive.

The subject was discussed at tonight's city council meeting.

Residents in the area have split opinions on the proposal.

For some, it's one side of the street against the other.

78 residents along Briarbrook Drive have been sent a letter from the city within the past week.

The survey seeks input on the proposed sidewalk, which would be on just one side of the street, over about a 1.3 mile stretch.

"Basically from the Thom's Station Trail, up past the clubhouse," said Mike Moss, mayor. "If they want it, that's fine. If they don't want it, that's also fine. But it's up to them to decide."

The proposed project, which would be funded through the city's capital improvement and general funds, has raised some concern.

"I think a lot of the residents in this area are looking at and hoping the city will look into finding alternative paths for the sidewalk," said Alan Dunaway, resident.  "A number of years ago, we lost half of our yards when they moved the road to the correct location. People's front yards are pretty small right now, and putting in a sidewalk will take another portion of their front yard away."

City officials say if the majority of residents are not in favor of the nearly $50,000 proposed project, it's not too late for those funds to be appropriated elsewhere.

"The budget will be finalized at the last meeting in April," Moss said. "The budget takes effect May 1, so this gives the council enough time if they say no."

Several residents, however, are in favor of the sidewalk.

"I think it would probably be a good idea," said Ted McDonald, resident. "The area that we live in has a lot of families with young children and they utilize the swimming pool up at the golf course. There is a lot of traffic in the summertime, particularly up and down the streets, so it'd be good to have them on a sidewalk."

"The sidewalk would help get people in a safer place instead of being in the road," said Max Raney, resident.

Those against the proposal argue portions of the sidewalk would be blocked off by cars parked in driveways.

"People will be having to step out from around parked cars in driveways into the street, which will make them less visible to oncoming traffic," Dunaway said.

Residents have until March 8 to respond to the surveys.

Once all surveys are collected, the city administrator will make a recommendation to the council, on which a formal vote will be held at the next council meeting on March 17.
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