- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

ASBURY, Iowa (AP) - Asbury city leaders have committed to building new sidewalks along several streets despite concern about possible opposition from residents, who will have to cover some of the costs.

Mayor Jim Adams, City Administrator Beth Bonz and City Council members discussed plans to build the sidewalks during a meeting on Thursday, the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1Nhb5SK ) reported.

Council Member John Richey said, “We have children walking three and four-wide in the street - that is a huge issue.”

According to Council Member Bob Reisch, the city will cover half the costs for the sidewalks, and homeowners will pay the rest.

Adams said, “It is going to get ugly, and it is going to get personal,” but officials will have to back a plan for the sidewalks once it is finalized despite any pushback.

According to council members, new sidewalks for one street that has been deemed a top priority could be installed as early as fall 2016. The City Council plans to meet again on Nov. 19 to create a timetable for the installation of sidewalks on other streets, using recommendations outlined by the Asbury Sidewalk Committee in 2007.

The council says where the sidewalks are placed will be influenced by budgetary restrictions and road reconstruction schedules, as well as need for the walkways.

Officials say plans for new sidewalks have been delayed due to other high-priced projects in the city, including the construction of a new water tower and City Hall building.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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