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Minutes/Edina City Council/February 3, 2009 <br /> Aid for construction projects and about $250,000 was used toward maintenance projects. If not <br /> used for this project, the funds could be used for other projects. <br /> Mayor Hovland opened the public hearing at 7:27 p.m. <br /> Public Testimony <br /> Mary Jo Aiken, 4548 France Avenue S., encouraged the Council to approve the sidewalk project, <br /> chiefly for pedestrian safety. <br /> Michael Casserly, 4701 Meadow Road, did not support the project. Mr. Casserly said only three of <br /> original petitioners were from the abutting area, cited environmental concerns and stated a <br /> sidewalk was available on the east side. <br /> Fred Kraft, 4604 France Avenue S., stated he had originally signed the petition in support, but now <br /> withdrew his support because there was a sidewalk on the east side of France Avenue. <br /> Conrad Razidlo, 4622 France Avenue S., opposed the project because persons could cross <br /> France Avenue at a semaphore and use the east side sidewalk. <br /> Jeremiah Mostrom, 4544 France Avenue S., supported the sidewalk to increase safety of <br /> pedestrians along France Avenue. <br /> Kelly Mostrom, 4544 France Avenue S., supported the sidewalk to improve safety and noted she <br /> was a bus rider who had experienced difficulty accessing bus stops on the west side of France. <br /> Dick Brozic, 4608 France Avenue S., questioned impact to the wooded area and sound wall and <br /> indicated he did not support the sidewalk. <br /> Gwen Martin, 4709 Meadow Road, stated her opposition to the sidewalk, which would not lower <br /> traffic levels, and suggested the installation of a crosswalk option at 47th Street and France <br /> Avenue. <br /> Kathy Schmid, 4711 Meadow Road, opposed the sidewalk and read a statement listing her <br /> concerns. <br /> Jan Ferrell, 4704 West 70th Street, did not support the sidewalk and questioned why State Aid <br /> funds should pay for 100% of a sidewalk project along a County Road. <br /> Richard Cook, 4360 France Avenue S., Unit#7, supported the sidewalk for community walkability, <br /> enhanced safety of bus riders and beautification. <br /> Keith Harmon, 4703 Meadow Road, opposed the sidewalk, predicting that people will still need to <br /> cross France Avenue and will prefer the sidewalk on the east side. <br /> Heather Isaacs, 4640 France Avenue S., Apt. #1, asked where the utility poles would be <br /> relocated. <br /> Roberta Castellano, 4854 France Avenue S., believed the issue of sidewalk placement should be <br /> addressed during road reconstruction projects. <br /> Susan Wahman, 4715 Meadow Road, stated she was very opposed to the sidewalk. <br /> Karen Wille, 4701 Meadow Road, opposed the sidewalk. <br /> Member Housh made a motion, seconded by Member Swenson, to close the public hearing. <br /> Page 2 <br />