April 26, 2017

New sidewalk sections to be plowed

By Ben Moger-Williams
Observer staff

Walking on the bike path and sidewalks this winter should be a little easier for some Williston residents. The Selectboard on Monday approved three sections of the town’s sidewalk and bike path system for winter maintenance.

Each year, Public Works Director Neil Boyden receives requests from residents asking for plowing on certain sidewalks and sections of the bike path. Boyden must review the requests and determine if they are in accordance with the Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Policy. The Selectboard then reviews the requests that Boyden presents to them. The board considers such things as cost effectiveness, links to public transportation sites, and popular demand.

This year, Boyden received and approved three requests. The first request was from residents of Falcon Manor and Eagle Crest senior housing developments. The residents asked for plowing of sidewalks between the two apartment complexes , and along Helena Drive.

The second request was from an individual, Adam Huff of Lamplite Acres. In a letter to Boyden, Huff said he enjoyed walking along South Brownell Road between Williston Road and Marshall Avenue to bring his daughter to daycare, but found last year that the walks were not plowed in the winter.

“Our walk, which was primarily on the shoulder of Brownell Road, was dangerous and difficult,” Huff wrote.

The final request was in the form of a petition from the owners, employees and tenants of various businesses on Marshall Avenue and South Brownell Road, asking for these areas to be plowed. The petition also mentioned plowing Harvest Lane, but Boyden recommended that section be added to next year’s list instead.

Boyden estimated the annual seasonal cost to plow all of the approved sections to be about $3,000.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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