Clark Lane Residents Rally for Sidewalks, Councilman Gives Rebuttal

6 years 11 months 1 week ago Monday, October 21 2013 Oct 21, 2013 Monday, October 21, 2013 4:46:00 PM CDT October 21, 2013 in News
By: Danielle Carter, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Fourteen Clark Lane "Sidewalks First" supporters rallied outside Columbia City Hall the evening of Oct. 21 during the bi-weekly city council meeting to call for sidewalks along Clark Lane in northeast Columbia.

Residents protested the city's plan of adding six foot striped asphalt shoulders to the sides of Clark Lane, and the narrowing of the road by one foot--instead of adding sidewalks, which is what residents have called for in the past. The city's planned improvements would start in the spring of next year and be finished later in the summer.

However, 3rd Ward councilman Karl Skala said sidewalks are coming, just not immediately because of several complications. The city plans on building sidewalks, but can't begin until it secures money from a federal grant which would provide a sidewalk on the north side of Clark Lane.

"The deadline for submitting the grant to get those funds was this December so that hasn't even occurred yet," said Skala. "Now they did put the grant in, but even once the grant is, once the funds are secured, that means that the process has to start to acquire the easements to put that sidewalk in. That has not yet begun. That will take at least a year, year and a half to get, for the city council to buy those easements."

In addition, Skala said the layout of the road could pose problems.

"That's a very severe topography," said Skala. "It's more than just extending an apron on the side of the road. They're going to have to move a lot of dirt. But first, they have to purchase the property."

But those living along Clark Lane said these are just excuses.

"There are sidewalks by the apartments that are down the road that have the exact same type of land there and they've put sidewalks there. And them saying that they can't at this moment because of that reason? That's just an excuse, they're not wanting to spend the extra money," said Clark Lane resident Kate Shannon.

"Why do we have to wait for federal money if we're paying big city tax dollars here?" said Clark Lane resident Gilbert Garcia. "You know, we can afford cameras on our street corners, we should be able to afford sidewalks on our streets."

Still, Skala's opinion is that the city should build what it can now, in preparations for sidewalks built later.

"To me, it's relatively simple," said Skala. "Either you do this, as a temporary solution and provide aprons, which don't exist right now, or you wait three years until you can have a single sidewalk on the north side of Clark Lane."

The improvements will be paid for with $400,000 left over from the last budget. A meeting for residents to voice their concerns will take place at Blueridge Elementary School on Nov. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

More News

Grid
List
NASHVILLE (AP) — The NFL says the Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday... More >>
12 minutes ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:26:34 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in Sports
(CNN) -- After a five-month battle with leukemia, the first known person to be cured of HIV has died of... More >>
50 minutes ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:49:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
CENTRALIA - The sweet smells of lavender and grass hang heavily over Jason Lockwood's workshop. Lockwood and his wife... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:30:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The global pandemic has stress levels running high these days. "One of the first things on everyone's... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:44:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy plunged at a record rate in the spring but is poised to swing to... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:27:48 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
PARIS (AP) — Saying she is “struggling to walk,” Serena Williams ended her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:00:39 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) — The World Health Organization has announced an agreement to make rapid Covid-19 tests available to lower and middle-income... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:16:42 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
Columbia College launches a virtual tutoring program Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1.... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:26:22 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:36:09 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia League of Women Voters and the Daniel Boone Regional Library will co-host an Election Forum webinar... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:52:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA, MO - Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1. The program will serve students... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:35:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle football is preparing to face Moberly on Friday after their game against Smith-Cotton was canceled due to... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:40:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has released a video of an armed robbery which took place at Passions Adult... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:27:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me Bowl games are moving to different locations this fall. In a press release sent on... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:50:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in Sports
CAMDEN COUNTY- The Camden County's Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for counterfeit bills and wants area residents and business... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:17:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The Missouri Football team heads to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday for its first road game of the season. ... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - A new law allows nursing home residents to install cameras in their rooms. House Bill 1387 lets... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:42:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
1pm 74°
2pm 73°
3pm 72°
4pm 71°