What about our sidewalks?
Jan 16, 2014 | 2010 views | 1 1 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the Editor,

I find it very disturbing that our towns are so concerned about Valley Trails rather than safe sidewalks. We can find grant money for leisure activities, but we are not able to provide safe sidewalks.

Butterfield Common residents are shut-ins due to the fact that no safe sidewalks exist along Handle Road. No street lights make evening walks dangerous. Are we waiting for a resident to sustain serious injury while attempting to get to a bus or go to the grocery store on Route 100 before we are prompted to take action?

If you tried to walk along Main Street’s icy or slushy sidewalks in Wilmington this last week, you would be risking a serious injury due to a fall.

Your only recourse would be to walk on the road where chances are you could be hit by an oncoming car.

Hurray for working on economic development and tourism but how about showing some care for the safety of the locals?

Marlene Wein

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January 24, 2014
Wilmington is fortunate to be blessed with a downtown area which boasts modern concrete sidewalks equipped with handicapped crossings so that residents and visitors can easily walk almost all of the Village.

As part of the Town's assumed responsibility it plows and/or shovels these sidewalks using either mermbers of the Town's Highway Department and/or a contractor to keep our sidewalks clear, and I would hope, in a safe condition. If the Town lacks the ability to do so, I would hope the Selectboard considers enacting an ordinance, if permitted by State law, which imposes the obligation to do so, on the owners and/or occupants of those properties who are directly served by these sidewalks.