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Residents divided on new sidewalk in south Toledo

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Sidewalks are causing controversy in a south Toledo neighborhood. The city is moving ahead with adding sidewalks to a one-mile stretch of Green Valley Drive between Heatherdowns and Glendale.

"They will get their new utilities underground, they will get a new, reconstructed street, and they will get a sidewalk on the west side of the street," said Toledo Councilman Matt Cherry.

Cherry says about 60 percent of residents there are in favor of the sidewalk.

"When I did get some of the letters back that say, ‘I have four kids. We're terrified to walk down the street. We would love a sidewalk,' that obviously hits home with me, with having a young family," the councilman said.

But the other 40 percent of Green Valley residents disagree. City officials say 1,200 cars drive on the road each day, but the residents say it's much less.

"I walk this street every day, and I will bet you that I put more miles walking on this street than everybody else put together," said Dr. Edward Usko. "And I have never had a problem and I usually walk with two dogs."

"A lot of older people live here," added Paul Walsh. "They would have to maintain the sidewalks. They have to remove the snow and all of that. I think it's an unnecessary burden that the city put on us."

But the city is moving forward with the project. Councilman Cherry says he hopes the job will be finished before winter.

"I will be there for the citizens every step of the way to make sure this goes good, to see to their needs, make sure it's a good, solid, quality project," he said.

The project is paid for by the city's capital improvement budget. Residents are holding a special meeting on the sidewalks Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library on Glanzman.

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