Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How Stimulating

Remember earlier this year when the stimulus money was being "debated" and the vote was taken before anyone had read the bill and it had to be voted on right away because we had to get the stimulus money out into America to "create and/or save" jobs?

Well, today we approved the contracts with the State of Idaho for that very same stimulus money. Doesn't 8 months time just fly by?

There will be $7,424,000 in overlay projects throughout Ada County and $1,034,000 in sidewalk projects. One half of the sidewalk money will be spent in downtown Boise near St Luke's and the Elks, the other half will be spread out in various areas. The state will be responsible for bidding out the projects and paying for them and ACHD will do the inspections.

Maybe the sidewalk project could begin sooner, but obviously one doesn't pave roads in the winter sooooo the stimulating overlay projects will not happen until the spring.

Better late than never I suppose.


At October 16, 2009 at 6:57 AM , Blogger Eric said...

I was under the impression that sidewalks in residential areas were the responsibility of homeowners. If that's true, why do businesses get them paid for by the taxpayer. I am sure I am missing some piece of info here.

At October 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Sara said...

It used to be that way until earlier this year.

Now, unless one does something like take a sledgehammer to the sidewalk or allow the tree roots from one's property to impact the sidewalk, ACHD will pay for the repairs.

And that makes sense, because I'm sure 9.5 times out of 10, that sidewalk is on ACHD right of way. And if the property owner doesn't own the property under the sidewalk, why should they pay to fix it? It would be like saying everyone is responsible for fixing the road in front of your property.


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