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The Sidewalk To Nowhere

A sidewalk in the Town of Newburgh has stirred up concerns about its strange location. (photo by Mark Gerlach)

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A sidewalk in the Town of Newburgh has stirred up concerns about its strange location. (photo by Mark Gerlach)

By Mark Gerlach

A sidewalk in front of the soon-to-be Papa John’s restaurant on Route 32 in the Town of Newburgh was discussed at a board meeting Monday night. The sidewalk, as one resident pointed out, leads nowhere.

“We basically have sidewalks that go nowhere,” said Donald Greene, 75, of the Town of Newburgh. Greene is the husband of Councilwoman Betty Greene.

Greene noted that the elevation of the sidewalk is approximately four feet higher than the land at the east end of the sidewalk. There also isn’t sufficient lighting, or crosswalks, in the area, said Greene, who previously worked for the state Department of Transportation before he retired about 15 years ago.

The town doesn’t have the manpower, or equipment, to shovel sidewalks during snowstorms, he said. There isn’t a need for sidewalks in the town, Greene said, because it isn’t a village with a main street.

“(The sidewalk is) an item that’s on the town’s radar,” Gerald Canfield, the town’s code compliance supervisor, said.

The sidewalk wasn’t constructed in accordance with the original site plan, Canfield said. The project is headed back to the planning board for the relocation, or removal, of the sidewalk, he said.

For the complete story read the Friday, March 11 edition of The Sentinel. 

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