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11/4/2013 7:53:00 AM
Sidewalks a lifestyle, affordability decision in Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley Tribune

Residents make a choice when they buy a home here.

They can choose to live in a master-planned subdivision, such as Granville, Viewpoint and StoneRidge, with curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Or they can choose to live in older neighborhoods without sidewalks and with dark skies.

That is the message Town Councilman Marty Grossman received when he mentioned during the annual budget retreat Friday morning that some constituents have complained about the lack of sidewalks. "You hear it from the citizens," said Grossman, a native of New York City who lives on a street without sidewalks.

Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye responded, "If you want a sidewalk, curb and gutter, move to a master-planned community."

The lack of sidewalks makes homes more affordable, Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said. He added people who chose to live on streets without sidewalks prefer "the rural feel."

Councilman Rick Anderson concurred, saying, people who moved to Prescott Valley want "an area that was more open."

Nye said she enjoys a night sky on her street.

Neighborhoods that want sidewalks may petition the town to form improvement districts, Tarkowski said. However, they must represent an area containing at least three or four streets, Tarkowski said.

The town would issue a bond, and the property owners would pay it off through secondary property taxes.

The issue of sidewalks comes up on occasion during council meetings. A few years ago, a retired engineer who lives in a subdivision north of Highway 89A spoke in favor of building a sidewalk on Windsong Drive north of Florentine Road to increase safety for pedestrians.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Night Sky

Need a light ordinance for sure around here. Between the neighbors klieg lights (protecting their literal pile of junk in the side yard, presumably), the Churches, and the monstrosity called Kia - one can hardly see the stars at all.

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Article comment by: neighbors and others blow out the sky anyway

my neighborhood has no sidewalks nor street lights (near long look and loos). that was a buying point for me , i love the stars. should have paid more attention at night though , the churches on long look keep bright parking lot lights of all night which kills the sky and wastes who knows how much energy. then there are the "neighbors" who leave bright lights on all night. sure would like to see those stars but i can't afford to sell an upside down home and move. it just amazes me how these churches choose to ignore "love thy neighbor".

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Article comment by: Joey Evans

Sidewalks are a waste of tax dollars on the majority of residential streets. But underground drainage and curbing would definitely be nice, especially on heavily traveled streets like Florentine. Our illustrious council could improve Florentine in the area near their extravagant town center, but canít even paint proper left turn lanes at the intersections of Navaho and Robert road. I would be willing to bet that the full length of Florentine could have been improved with the money wasted on that stupid walking path along Hwy 69.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: Reality Check

Reality check: most of the council members could afford to live in neighborhoods with sidewalks. A lot of their residents can't -- certainly cannot pay another assessment to get them. The town could use funding like Community Development Block Grants to create sidewalks and walkways in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Instead, they build new roads that benefit town staff driving to and from Town Hall.

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: James Schneider

I'm 70 and not getting any younger. We live on Navajo where they failed to go further with sidewalks. I have to almost break my neck trimming weeds in culvert on town property a job they should do. If it had sidewalks and underground drainage I would not have to clean up their mess. It would be nice to be able to walk to the park.

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Article comment by: tom marzullo

I feel sidewalks are NOT a need when buying o home in an area undeveloped for them.
If the platt is for 50' lots in a neighborhood segment, fine, they are used frequently by many.
So. 12th st is now being (planned) for sidewalks on both sides of the street, a huge waste of tax money on a street with 150' lot platts. About 3 people a day walk by my home and I find it hard to see a need for 2 sidewalks and little need for 1. Such a disregard for voices against sidewalks (2) on So 12th street by the city fathers is bewildering
The stars are a wonder to see at night but are blinded out by street lights.

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Akins

I live in the area without curbs & sidewalks & chose my home based on a plethora of reasons, none of which were curbs & sidewalks. Would I like curbs & sidewalks, absolutely. Am I willing to pay more in taxes for it, NO. I see that our city finds it necessary to put in & maintain an 8í wide sidewalk on Navajo where as if it were 4í we could have gone twice as far. Every evening, I see my neighbors walking down the streets with their dogs & children dodging the cars & yet we have a sidewalk with landscaping paralleling highway 69 that is seldom used. Our elected officials have stated that curbs & sidewalks will somehow impede our night skies & the open feel of our neighborhoods We are not asking for street lights & with curbs & gutters it will definitely open up the neighborhood. I find it strange that our elected officials are the only people saying NO to curbs & sidewalks while the taxpaying citizens are continually asking for sidewalks. Could it be that the majority of them live in neighborhoods without sidewalks & are putting their own personal wants in front of their constituents?

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