When I was a Trustee or Board member of a large County Transportation Board, we put in a sidewalk that senior citizens could use that connected their housing facility to my nearby town, much like Moultonborough. It was a protected sidewalk made of asphalt that not only bordered a busy highway but also ran alongside a peaceful stream. We also constructed several wooden bridges that gave the walkway a rustic, country atmosphere. The seniors no longer had to worry about walking along the dangerous road or falling over the debris or snow on the side of the road.
You would think, all of the Town's residents would be appreciative of the County's efforts. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Some people said they did not want a sidewalk, it took away the area's country character and only served one part of town. About eight years have passed, and apparently just about everyone, now, loves the walkway. The local Lions Club, that I was a member, built a "Lions Park" on the path that all the people now visit and many use the sidewalk as part of their daily walk.
I relate this story for those who are considering sidewalks for the busy parts of Moultonborough. I hope you are not discouraged in your deliberations, because you can't please everyone at the beginning of the process. The only question should be, "Is there a need for the sidewalks that justifies the expense?"
Democratic Candidate for State Representative