HUDSON: About a dozen residents from the Nicholson Drive area came to Wednesday’s City Council meeting to address safety petitions recently filed to create a sidewalk for the street.
Resident Jeff Sirak spoke in support of the petitions, saying that Nicholson Drive and the streets that feed into it contain about 200 homes, 800 residents and hundreds of pets.
The street, he said, has a heavy amount of traffic and there are pedestrians in the street nearly all the time. It also has many long straight-aways, punctuated by sharp, blind curves.
Sirak has two young children and says that the lack of a sidewalk is a serious safety hazard, based on the street's structure and amount of traffic.
A three-year resident of the street, Jennifer Klein said that she has three young children and a dog, and they "can't do walks all together" because of the traffic and lack of sidewalk. She would like to use the connecting paths into town for pedestrians, but does not feel safe to do so with existing street conditions.
However, not all Nicholson Drive residents were as concerned with the lack of sidewalks.
Neal and Kim Peller, 20-year Nicholson Drive property owners, said that they raised three children on the street without incident, and that sidewalks would require the destruction of mature, beautiful trees, planted a number of years before.
He also says that the issue of storm sewers and modification of the existing ditches, would be extremely costly and difficult to resolve.
Kim Peller added that they chose the street because of its country look and beauty. She would "hate to see it change dramatically", and feels that sewers and sidewalks would be a "huge expense."
Sirak said that approximately 70 residents had signed the petitions, and Mayor Currin informed those present that the matter would be taken under advisement.