Residents are speaking out in opposition to the proposed Pathways Plan. The cost may be paid by the 2016 Bonds for Better Bellaire funds for Streets, Drainage and Sidewalks. The estimated cost is eight to twelve million dollars. You’ll find more information at Pathways Study under City Studies in the main Menu.
NOTES from the February 20th presentation: The proposed Loop System pathway width may be 8 feet and it runs throughout Bellaire neighborhoods.
PLEASE study the maps included in this presentation. The estimated total cost is approximately $ 8 to $12 million, not including the cost for rights of way, utility relocation, and other attendant costs. Another $1.5 million is shown for sidewalks.
According to the PowerPoint presentation a survey (Survey Monkey) of Bellaire residents garnered 440 responses, 7 of them non-residents. Let City Council know what you think. Were you aware of the presentation in January or February? I was not. Nothing in the water bill, nothing distributed door-to-door with the trash bags. What do you think? Is it time to organize? Please post your comments on the User Comments page.
UPDATE FROM A RESIDENT: I got a response from the City Manager as well as the Special Projects Manager. Looks like we don’t have to worry about Baldwin sidewalks!:
Thank you for reaching out. I can inform you the original recommendation to install a pathway along Baldwin for both bicyclists and pedestrians has been removed from the Community Pathways Plan.
During our open comment period, we have received comments similar to what you have indicated in your email. This caused a closer examination of this recommendation. The pathways identified in this plan are intended to be within the City’s right of way and are not intended to be on resident’s property. In Bellaire, most right of ways are 60’. This is not the case for Baldwin – it’s a 50’ right of way. In order to add a pathway on Baldwin, the entire roadway would have to be realigned, very similar to how the Newcastle Trail was constructed when Newcastle Street was completed. In addition, Baldwin was recently constructed in 2011 and is in good condition. There are also numerous conflicts (trees, utilities) in the right of way that would have to be relocated or removed. For this area, the Newcastle Trail can be used as an alternative pathway.
Email the Mayor and City Council via our City Clerk, Tracy Dutton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask her to forward your email to the Council.