COLDWATER (WTVB) - It seems that about every year in Coldwater, there’s a healthy debate over what to do with sidewalks in the city. Questions are revisited on what should be the city’s primary focus, repair or replace sidewalks that are in poor shape and where should new sidewalks be laid down. The City Council took up the discussion at their meeting Monday night. Mayor Tom Kramer suggested it’s somewhat of a philosophical decision considering the times with limited resources. He asked should that funding be used only to keep the current sidewalks in good shape or should certain areas that don’t have but need sidewalks be added to the spending list. Kramer admitted that anyone who walks the city realizes that the sidewalks are in bad shape. City Manager Jeff Budd summed up the situation, saying the original vision of the Council seemed to be put in new sidewalks where it makes the most sense. However, given the shape of the economy, he’s hearing that the Council believes it’s time to revisit that policy. In the end, the Council o-k’d the sidewalk project bids that were submitted with a spending limit set at $50,000. City Engineer Charlie Bauschard will report back to the Council on his updated findings and recommendations of what specific areas should be still be given the go ahead for new sidewalks.
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