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sidewalk on Sharon Road

From: domainremoved <Ann>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2019 18:11:39 +0000

Dear City Council,

To the discussion of a sidewalk on Sharon Road, I would like to add a point of information. First, to introduce myself, I moved to my home on Sharon Road on 1/1/1970; and I was privileged to know many of the long-time residents, who became friends as well as neighbors. I learned the following from Louise Brunsting Wiesner:

When Sharon Road was extended into the new development of the Sharon Ranch, Louise negotiated an agreement with the city of Menlo Park on behalf of the residents of the two existing blocks of Sharon Road. In essence, in order to protect the heritage trees and their root systems, the city agreed not to widen the road or move the roadway. In exchange, the residents of the 2100 block of Sharon Road, agreed to join the city (both blocks of Sharon Road were in the county, not the city) and to pay city taxes. The second block, the 2200 block, chose to avoid city taxes and to remain in the county. Consequently, a two party contract was enacted and is currently in effect.

This agreement does not preclude the development of a sidewalk, but it informs the design and location.

A suggestion: as the city addresses safety and transportation issues, we should also address the possibility of under-grounding utility poles. Admittedly, under-grounding utility lines is expensive, but is it possible to develop a bond system similar to bond issues for sewer districts? If residents could pay under-grounding costs over the long-term, costs would be much more manageable. Utility poles take up needed walking space on roads as well as existing sidewalks.

Sincerely yours, Ann Wahlund Latta

650 704-2710
Received on Wed Feb 06 2019 - 10:08:07 PST

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