The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 14, 2000


Pedestrian and bike safety committee seeks developer funds

With town funds in short supply for even the most dire of needs, the pedestrian and bike safety committee has been investigating other sources of funding to help pay for a feasibility study for a roadside pathway system. The feasibility study would inform the town on the cost and practicality of placing footpaths along the town's main arterial roads.

In a report presented to the planning board on June 26, the committee presented the approaches used by seven neighboring towns relative to developer funding. With few exceptions, all towns researched request developers to contribute funds into a pathway account when a pathway is not desirable within the proposed development. These funds are then used to help pay for the costs related to researching, designing, and constructing paths in town. While the total amount of any single contribution is quite small in comparison to the overall costs and profit of a project, ranging from $2,000 to $35,000, these monies are a savings to the taxpayers of the community. The planning board has agreed to review this potential source and has requested that the committee provide draft language to incorporate into its rules and regulation.

The pedestrian and bike safety committee is also investigating public funding sources. The feasibility study is a first step to an informed discussion on the merits of limited pathway system. For more information, call Kristine Bergenheim at 371-0111 or Deb Belanger at 371-9787. The committee's next meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on August 9.

This press release was submitted by the pedestrian and bike safety committee.

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