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Debate continues in Avon on bike path challenge | Lorain County

Avon Metropolis Council continued discussions on a proposed asphalt bike trail as issues mount over upkeep points and the value tag.

The $1.1 million challenge dubbed the French Creek Greenway would assemble a 10-foot extensive asphalt bike path on French Creek Street as a part of a plan to enhance connectivity.

Issues over the fee and site of the proposed path have delayed passage of engineering plans for the challenge, at the moment slated for a vote on Sept. 14.

The challenge in collaboration with Sheffield Village and Lorain County Metro Parks would assemble the path from Detroit Street to the Sheffield Village line with $250,000 in grant funding from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.

Council At-Giant member Tammy Holtzmeier mentioned the challenge was a query of appropriateness when it comes to using taxpayer cash and whether or not it served the wants of residents as an entire.

With roughly $850,000 to be lined by Avon taxpayers, she expressed issues that town was aiming to position the path in a largely residential space and would doubtlessly rip out sidewalks put in by residents with their very own cash.

“Our eyes nearly as good stewards of taxpayer cash must be on the underside line,” Holtzmeier mentioned.

She added town’s annual sidewalk program encourages residents to assist improve connectivity and desires to see that program proceed to have credibility sooner or later.

“I am not drawn to utilizing additional taxpayer cash above and past what even a grant would cowl to tear off sidewalks and reinstall trails over that space that then connect with extra sidewalks,” she mentioned.

Avon Ward 1 Councilman Bob Butkowski recommended that pursuing a path head at Avon Isle would accomplish the objectives of bettering bike connectivity and in addition join extra residents in Avon.

The proposed French Creek path at the moment has no connectivity to different elements of town.  

Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik mentioned annual upkeep prices for all asphalt trails they handle is about $10,000 and so they have had minimal issues. He strongly inspired council to maneuver ahead and “chip away” at growing connectivity.

He cautioned council that NOACA funding stays aggressive, and he inspired them to maneuver ahead with the accredited plan following the intensive public session and assessment course of. He famous that transferring in a unique path might have a unfavourable impression on future tasks when town seeks grant funding.  

“They stepped as much as the plate and mentioned, we’ll offer you cash to begin constructing it,” Ziemnik mentioned. “Should you pull that plug proper now, there goes all that money down the drain.”

The challenge may be accomplished in phases with town looking for further grant funding to offset the fee to taxpayers. Ziemnik added NOACA encourages communities to get tasks completed on this method.

A number of residents on the assembly inspired council to observe the needs of residents for improved path connectivity and transfer ahead.

Neighborhood surveys commissioned by the Metropolis of Avon in 2017 and 2008 indicated robust help for extra bicycle and strolling trails. Within the 2017 survey 96 p.c of the greater than 1,800 respondents ranked bike trails as “essential” or “essential,” outlining robust neighborhood help.


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