After reading a recent article and then the editorial in Friday's Advocate-Messenger, I have only one question. How can it cost $499,000 to rebuild two city blocks worth of sidewalk?
Unless my math is faulty, the city is supposed to contribute $99,000 toward this project. Add that to a grant of $400,000 and it comes to a few peanuts shy of half million taxpayer dollars. Still relying on my math, the sidewalks that will be rebuilt include East Main in front of Burke's Bakery and SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church - a one-block length of sidewalk. The other project would replace the sidewalks that will be destroyed during the parking garage construction. By my calculations, this would be one-half block of Third Street and one-half block of Walnut Street bringing the grand total of sidewalk replacement to two city blocks on just one side of the street.