Letter: Carbondale safety
I am writing to share my support to the women who showed up at the Carbondale trustees meeting Aug. 23 expressing their concern about lack of lighting on Carbondale streets. My issue is with the town trustees and their apparent unwillingness to take the issue seriously.
On July 26, after reading about the assaults I sent the following letter to all the Trustees, the town manager and the mayor.
“Dear Mr. Harrington, members of the Board of Trustees and Mayor of the town of Carbondale
“A while ago, along with other community and agency members, I attended a meeting and took the walk through Carbondale looking at where the town was hoping to put in new sidewalks. I expressed disappointment that there was no consideration for putting in sidewalks along Village Road as it is a main pedestrian thoroughfare to the Carbondale Park and Ride.
“I was told that a sidewalk was not being considered because pedestrians could use the sidewalk that winds its way through Gianinetti Park. I pointed out that there was no lighting in the park. For more than a year, this section of Village Road was without any lighting, forcing those of us who use the park and ride to walk in the middle of the street, which is very dangerous in the winter. I pointed this out in a phone call to the city last winter. When the lighting did go in, I pointed out that it was quite attractive but did not light up a sidewalk, again forcing people to use the street. I was concerned that there would be an accident, but did not consider the possibility of a sexual assault.
“I do hope that the city will consider and correct this dangerous situation.”
Only Dan Richardson, mayor pro tem, had the courtesy to respond, although the response only indicated that the issue was discussed briefly and the town’s bike/ped/trails committee was asked to look at the area and see what improvements should be made.
I hope the Sept. 20 meeting of the town trustees will be more meaningful.
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