Park strips vs sidewalks debated at Logan council meeting

No one appeared to protest the proposed new budget for Logan City which was unanimously approved by the municipal council. Local resident Paul Davis told the council, however, that he objects to the spending of money for park strip restoration where there is so much need for sidewalks in the city. Davis said the lack of sidewalks presents a safety issue and instead of park strips he said that money should go for sidewalks. “The message you are sending us is it’s more important to take care of a piece of land that really isn’t broken right now than it is to do that,” Davis said. “I would ask you to take any amount of discretionary dollars you can move,” he pleaded, “and put them to installing new curb and gutter and sidewalk for that part of Logan that doesn’t have it and stop taking money and putting it towards park strips until such times we’ve taken care of the rest of the citizens of Logan.” Community Development Director Jay Nielson defended the expenditures.”We’ve spent almost $1 million on sidewalks in the last five years, to significantly try to make a dent in the need for sidewalks,” Nielsen told the council. “We’re approaching $200,000 that we’ve spent on the park strips. Both the sidewalks and the park strip money are one-time monies.”Councilmember Laraine Swenson said many residents, especially those in the Adams School area, have expressed appreciation for what the park strip restoration project has done to beautify their neighborhood.

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