PITTSBURG, KS.--- Pittsburg city officials answer questions from dozens of residents about the possibility of a new multi-use trail. Many residents are wondering how much this will cost them in tax dollars. Others were encouraging the group to vote "yes" on the issue, saying it will give people more options when it comes to transportation.
The one-mile trail would be located in a residential area on Rouse Street and run south of Centennial Avenue. The issue for many people is that the 10-foot wide path would cross over their driveway, and would eliminate some of that extra parking space. Those supporting the walk way say tax dollars and parking space shouldn't be an issue, the paved trail would make transportation safer for families in the community.
"I've got four young children that ride bikes. We'll be pushing strollers, and we've seen several occasions where cars have not slowed down and it's pushed runners or mothers, or so into the street," said Thomas Tyler, Pittsburg Resident.
"I lived along Rouse, and this project would take up part of my front yard, and a part of my driveway," said Ken Waltrip, Pittsburg Resident.
City officials plan to petition residents in the affected area, if they get more than a 50% approval rate, they'll move forward with plans. The next step is applying for a grant from KDOT, they have until the end of February to get that done.
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