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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sidewalk Workshop Date Announced

Earlier this week we blogged about how sidewalk upheaval is causing Coeur d'Alene to take a long, hard look at fixing walkways in poor condition.

More than a dozen residents asked the city to shoulder the burden to repair broken and buckled sidewalks at this Tuesday's council meeting.

Now, the City Council has announced a second sidewalk workshop at the Coeur d'Alene Library for next Monday, April 21, at noon to discuss solutions. The meeting will be held in the library's community room.

Coeur d'Alene requires property owners to maintain and repair their sidewalks. It could enforce those who don't with fines and penalties. The city has decided enforcement is not the direction it wishes to proceed. Instead, the city could spend an estimated $250,000 annually to repair the sidewalks as it repaves city streets.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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