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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sidewalk Discussion

My recollection of the sidewalk planning work performed by KV Partners over the past year or so, was that it did include the impact of the Dollar General store and site plan. In fact, the DG crosswalk had an impact on other potential crosswalks in the village and where they would be located. I believe that the current plan includes a crosswalk in the vicinity of Murphy's convenience store.  The cross walk and blinking light to the DSG is to provide some safety crossing from the school across Rt. 25.

I did notice yesterday that the sidewalk in front of the DG is asphalt and does not appear to be six feet wide. The sidewalks proposed for town, are to be six feet wide and concrete. Maybe not a huge issue, but if there is to be sidewalks in the village, it would be desirable of they all matched. I am not aware that the DG site plan made a specific requirement for size and materials.

Ultimately, the matter of sidewalks in the village will be decided by Town Meeting, I hope that it does not get hijacked by unreasonable voices that refuse to see or even acknowledge the benefits it could bring to the area. Hopefully, a discussion at Town Meeting will be allowed to occur before a call for the question cuts it short.
It's not about the number of people that will use the sidewalks. A person count is not the most important metric in looking at the Village. It is one piece of the puzzle, I would strongly suggest that a review of the Village Vision Report  , through the lens of our present demographic reality,  will be useful in understanding how the future of the village should play out. Keep an open mind and an eye to the future.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe the sidewalk skeptic is absolutely correct. What the town needs before any sidewalks is a centrally located municipal parking lot. I would suggest placing it on the Taylor property making the remainder of the property a town green and tearing down the decrepit and unhistorical Taylor house. Only then will sidewalks work. And why 6 foot wide walks?? 3.5 foot standard walks should suffice. After all Moultonborough is not New York or Boston and walker traffic will be negligible.

Anonymous said...

This is yet another example of a small portion in town with a "want" vs. a clear need. There are many more important things to concentrate on instead of sidewalks to nowhere.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

I am sure there was someone just like you when telephones and electricity came to Moultonborough. And those damn horseless carriages.

Sidewalk Skeptic said...

Anonymous at 1:03 PM has it right. Before you even think about sidewalks, central parking is needed. Otherwise you drive into Town where do you leave your car. I live south of Town 5 miles south. If you live on the Neck or near Kanastaka, you are further away. You aren't going to walk to Town. You drive. If you then can park maybe you will use the sidewalks and walk from the Dollar General to Muphy's to a bank and to the Post Office, without moving your car. Then maybe to Artie's and the library.

And I agree why 6 foot wide sidewalks; do we need shoulders for snow storage?

Sidewalks are only needed for walkers; the population in the village area has managed without sidewalks without any accidents; without municipal parking, why do we need sidewalks? If you want to take a hike there are nicer locales in Town than beautiful downtown Moultonboro!!!

Anonymous said...

I guess censoring is ongoing.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

When you send an anonymous comment and criticize someone by name, yes it is censured. Grow a pair and submit your name.

Anonymous said...

I recall hearing testimony about the $5 million sidewalk proposal several years ago. There seems to be a segment of the population with a vision of the village that escapes me, because besides visiting the library, renewing car registrations and/or dog licenses, buying some Country Store candy, donating some clothes or food to the Pantry, there is no there there. There was some additional testimony regarding student safety, especially for those students who go to the community center after school. One concerned citizen expressed genuine fear of catastrophe for young pedestrians without sidewalks...I certainly understood their concern until I heard about the school's free bus service that transports students from the school to the community center. Apparently, the problem is that the bus doesn't make stops and a few students prefer to walk so that they can stop at the convenience store for snacks before they arrive at the community center. In the spirit of problem-solving, while respecting safety and fiscal responsibility, I propose saving the $5 million for other priorities and offering an annual $5,000 snack allocation to keep the kids on the bus.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Anon at 6:43am- you apparently have no vision and even less grasp of numbers. The sidewalk proposal town meeting approved is in the vicinity of $500K, probably less.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately my family and business associates have been appreciative of my vision over the years, I hope yours feel the same about you. Ironic that your sidewalk vision got kicked to the curb by the electorate.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

The sidewalk article was approved by the legislative body. $85k for engineering, aquisition of ROW etc. Some do have a vision for the village.

Anonymous said...

Village?...what village?...a don't blink or you'll miss it stretch of potholes formed to burn tax dollars for self-serving insiders attempting to boost third rate property valuations with busy work projects? Dollar Stores near Food Pantry near future kindling like Taylor House...yes, it's really taking shape. Suggest 'legislative body' fix the roads so significant tax base doesn't flee.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

To a recent " anonymous" well wisher, I earnestly hope for the very same to you and yours. Probably best for you to not comment while under the influence.

Anonymous said...

So if somebody thinks that the village vision is misguided, they must be under the influence? A no stop light, no waterfront, no attractions crossroad warranting excessive tax dollars for an array of projects that will never move the needle towards a village actually worth viewing? I have what they're drinking!