City sidewalk committee can't reach consensus
JANESVILLE Janesville's sidewalk committee did not reach a consensus Monday and decided instead to forward a set of options to the city council.
The council charged the committee with making recommendations on its seven-year sidewalk plan. The committee operates on a consensus model, which means members all must be able to live with the recommendations.
During previous meetings, members agreed on criteria to rank sidewalk segments, including proximity to schools and whether streets are arterial, collector or local.
The committee would recommend a sidewalk segment and then forward the recommendation to the council, which if in agreement, could order a sidewalk.
City Manager Eric Levitt said the committee decided Monday to forward a compromise to the council for consideration, possibly at its Sept. 24 meeting.
Levitt said the compromise would give a property owner on a local street the option to request a deferral of sidewalk installation until the first of three things happen: the house is sold, 80 percent of the street has sidewalks or after 10 or 15 years have passed.
Levitt said the panel couldn't reach a consensus on whether to allow the deferment for either 10 years or 15 years.
Another area of contention is whether a house that is in a block with a current sidewalk gap is eligible for the deferment.