Road rebuild on hold until residents chip in on sidewalk, Regina says
Some residents of Regina are unhappy with a city policy that links road rebuilds to sidewalk upgrades.
In one neighbourhood, property owners were asked to vote on improvements to their sidewalks. If a majority approved, a levy of several thousand dollars would have been added to their tax bills.
As it turned out, 58 per cent of residents in the area rejected the local improvement proposal.
"It's not ten thousand dollars out of my bank account, so I'm pretty happy about that," one resident, Roxane Meachem, told CBC News Tuesday.
It means the sidewalk will be left as it is and, as residents have since learned, the road in their area — described as a roller-coaster by some — will also be left alone.
While Grant Drive is clearly in need of a rebuild, city officials said they will not schedule the work until the residents are on board with the sidewalk improvements.
"The road is constructed at the same time along with the curb and gutter and sidewalks," the city's Adam Home explained. "So if the curb and sidewalks are not moving forward then the road construction is not moving forward."
Meachem said, considering the choices, she had to make her decision based upon what she can afford. She added that she believes her property taxes should be enough to cover both sidewalk and street repairs.
"I don't make enough money for that kind of [additional] tax on my property," she said, in reference to the local improvement levy.
Others in the area supported the levy, hoping for the reconstruction of the street.
"I wanted the street to be done," Gabor Bardoczi told CBC News. "Because the street is such a mess. They don't do a good job. Every year they come, they patch here, they patch there."
The city says if a road is not completely reconstructed it will be capped and potholes will be filled-in.
With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil