County to look at alternatives
Cumberland County wants to talk to Amherst about a proposed sidewalk to the hospital.
Traffic moves along Highway 2 from the Town of Amherst to Upper Nappan. The Municipality of Cumberland wants to take another look at a proposed sidewalk from Amherst to the regional hospital.
UPPER NAPPAN – Cumberland County wants to re-examine building a sidewalk from Amherst to the Cumberland Regional Hospital.
County council passed a motion at its first December meeting on Wednesday to talk to officials from the town about other alternatives to building the sidewalk from the town boundary to the hospital.
“There has to be another way,” Coun. John Kellegrew said. “We need to find out how many county residents would use it before we spend that amount of money.”
While the county and the town have agreed to build and cost-share the sidewalk, but a request for proposals issued earlier this year came in much higher than expected and both municipalities have opted to put the project on hold while they consider how to make it more affordable.
Kellegrew suggested the county could purchase a number of taxi fares that county residents could use to travel from Canadian Tire to the hospital, but several councilors doubted many county residents would drive to Canadian Tire, park their vehicles and take a taxi to the hospital.
Deputy Warden Don Smith thought the request for the sidewalk had come from a group of residents in his area. He said Marilyn Thompson has collected names on a petition to have the sidewalk built into Amherst, along with a crosswalk across Highway 2 from Lakeside Manor and a traffic light. Transportation has refused to install a crosswalk, traffic lights or reduce speed in front of the hospital.
Coun. Ernest Gilbert said the fact the proposed project does not include a crosswalk or sidewalk to the senior’s complex changes his mind. He suggested the county re-examine its position.
Before it makes any decisions, Warden Keith Hunter, suggested that county staff meet with their counterparts in Amherst to discuss their options and what alternatives there may be.
The county had budgeted $240,000 for its portion of the work, while Amherst was going to pay to build the sidewalk from Robert Angus Drive to the town boundary. The Cumberland Health Authority planned to pay for the portion of sidewalk on its property.