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June 20, 2014

Morgan Street restructure concerns residents

One Morgan Street resident asked the Shelbyville City Council to reconsider their plans to restructure the street to accommodate the proposed plans for a bike path.

The 200 to 600 blocks of North Morgan are part of the city route of Phase 8 of the General Dacey Trail. The project has been awarded a grant for the bike path that links the Route 16 trail to North 6th Street.

“I understand that plans call for Morgan Street to be widened four feet on either side,” said John Freeman. “You’d be surprised at the number of changes that have to be made.”

Freeman noted that in the five block span there are 25 trees that would have to be removed, 20 power poles that would have to be moved, and 21 driveways that would need to be redone. He added that sewer lines would also have to be replaced.

“You are taking a very quiet residential area and changing the looks of it significantly and turning it into something not quite so beautiful,” Freeman said.

Freeman suggested that if the west side of the street were made available for parking and the east side became the bike path, there would not be a need to widen the street. Curbing and sidewalks could still be improved without removing so many trees or moving poles.

The Council assured Freeman that “nothing was set in stone” and that the public could have input on the plans.

“We want to have public meetings to find the best way to do this,” said Mayor Jeff Johnson. “It will be a while before we work on that phase. Right now we want to work on Main Street streetscape and the North 9th Street project.”

In other business, city engineer Alan Spesard presented a resolution to fully fund the South 8th, 5th, and Hickory Street projects with Motor Fuel Tax funds as required by the State. The initial resolution was for $200,000. The total expenses were $546,489.14. The council approved the supplemental resolution in the amount of $346,489.14 to align the books.

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