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Despite More Cost, Max Berg Park Improvements Advance

The City Council told staff to go ahead with plans to add sidewalks and other improvements. One councilman argues against plan.

Sidewalks and traffic control improvements around are forecast to cost $59,000 more than initially projected, but the City Council is moving ahead with the project nonetheless.

City staffers say they will send the project out to bid by the end of this year, a requirement for the city to keep more than $500,000 in grant money from the federal government. The total cost estimate for the improvements is $915,000.

The project will include crosswalks to , an eight-foot-wide sidewalk encompassing the park and landscaping that will keep vehicles from cutting around the square park’s corners, improving the safety of the routes to school.

Councilman was the sole dissenting vote. He agreed that the park needs improvements, but argued that this specific project wouldn't increase safety—the reason the city received the “safe routes to school” grant in the first place.

“It does not make the route to school one bit safer,” he said. “Anyone coming from the Camino Real side crosses through the park.”

Bill S October 06, 2011 at 09:43 PM
What a waste of money. Fix the bathrooms, spruce it up a bit, sure. Spending $900,000 for this is a pure waste of money.
Mike Mortenson October 06, 2011 at 10:06 PM
The amount of money seems high, but ultimately I think it will be worth it. I'm sure these improvements are welcomed by the parents, teachers and children who frequent the park. Glad to see the City is committed to improving itself.
george gregory October 07, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Just because the feds give us moneys, does not mean that we and the historical society go shopping shame on council. I guess we’ll just throw the remainder of the school community under the safe walk to school bus. This is nothing short of misappropriation and misdirection of public funds, very narrow in vision and imagination and lacking talent,, shame, shame, and shame. My hope is that council step up and finishes all the sidewalks to and fro the schools and stops their snobbish ways it’s not that complicated

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