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Bike path decision postponed

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

City leaders are considering a 0.5-mill levy for 10 years to construct bike paths along North Shore Road from the fire barn at 174th Avenue west to North Beach Park, and along 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner Road.

Councilman Chris Larson suggested tabling the decision until the June 3 council meeting in hopes that more residents would come to discuss the proposal and voice their opinions.

Council voted 5-2 Monday night to table the decision. Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg and Mayor Dan Ruiter cast the dissenting votes.

Sjoberg's husband, Peter Sjoberg, spoke against the nonmotorized path plan during a public comment period prior to council's discussion. He said that if the city is going to provide bike paths, it may as well provide golf courses.

“The way the economy is, I don't think too many people want to fork over $50 to $100 a year,” Peter Sjoberg said. “Who is going to get $1,000 a year worth out of (bike paths)?”

Councilmen Larson and Michael DeWitt both answered “I would.”

The estimated cost of the two bike path projects is $911,000, according to City Manager Craig Bessinger.

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