When Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman encounters criticism of the city’s ambitious, contentious sidewalk ordinance, he said he is comforted by the story of the Mississippi four-lane highway program.
The city of Starkville’s transportation committee is inviting the public to attend a meeting this evening at the Gillespie Street Center to discuss sidewalks and other accessibility needs around town.
The debate over the city’s year-old sidewalk ordinance moved from the newspaper editorial pages and Internet message boards to Starkville City Hall Tuesday night.
Let’s set the record straight. In the August 30th edition of “readers comment,” an anonymous posting asked questions about the sidewalk conflict at GTP&DD in Starkville.
Unlike Starkville’s ordinance which requires sidewalks in all new residential and commercial developments, Columbus’ Complete Streets ordinance — requiring curbs, gutters and sidewalks in new developments — has met with no opposition.
Editor’s note: Columbus City Council has passed a sidewalk ordinance that would require (when feasible) the building of sidewalks in any new development.
Both the sidewalk ordinance and the Senior Enrichment Center are seeking to provide a positive impact within our city. Support for one does not indicate opposition for the other. In fact they should go hand in hand.