A Baden parent called the Independent this week to report the poor condition of the sidewalk on Snyder’s Road East, in front of the new residential development being built on the site of the old Baden school.
The sidewalk is broken, partially blocked by soil and covered with gravel in other parts. It appears heavy machinery has led to the deterioration of the concrete in at least one section that’s been marked with spray paint.
The parent was concerned about safety and feared the condition of the sidewalk could worsen before school starts next month. A number of children use the sidewalk to walk to school.
The Independent called Wilmot Township director of public works Gary Charbonneau to find out if the sidewalk is on a list of areas to be repaired this summer, or if the sidewalk could be closed to pedestrians until it is repaired.
Charbonneau said after the township received a couple of complaints, barriers had been put up Wednesday morning to stop people from using the sidewalk.
The township’s planning department had also been in touch with the developer to fix the problem.
“We’ve requested the developer address it as soon as possible,” said Wilmot’s director of economic development Harold O’Krafka.
Developer Mike Schout has apparently responded to the township’s request and has agreed to repair the sidewalk and clear it of debris before the start of the school year.
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