uring council's Dec. 6 meeting, Wapakoneta 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf, who serves as chair of the Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks Committee, is expected to request legislation be drafted by city administrators for councilors consideration.
"We made very few changes to the proposed sidewalk policy," Graf
told the Wapakoneta Daily News
"We made some clarifications - as we stated at the previous meeting and during the hearings, this meeting was to work on amending and clarifying the policy only - and now it is ready to present to council at the next council meeting."
provided fellow councilors with a draft of the proposed sidewalk policy at the Nov. 1 meeting for their review.
did not officially present the document so that legislation could be crafted.
said the policy to be presented to council went through a thorough review and committee members took much time in developing the proposed measure.
"I thought the process in crafting this legislation went well," Graf
"When you think about the whole process, people in the community had the chance to be involved at the very beginning with the comprehensive plan and all the meetings they had, the open sessions they had, the open sessions we've had, the times we met as a committee and the hearings we held as well as the availability of councilors to talk after meetings.
"I think residents need to remember we have a responsibility to the entire city," he
"While we appreciate individual comments and suggestions and how the policy will affect individual property owners, our sworn duty as councilors is to all the residents of the city and to help ensure their safe passage throughout the city."
expects more discussion when presented at the Dec. 6 council meeting and residents will likely voice their opinions on the matter.
If councilors seek a commission to review the document and provide more residential input, Graf
would concede despite the number of opportunities the public had to provide input but his
concession would include a caveat.
"This is a citywide policy and if council wants a commission to provide further input then it should include participation of residents from each of the wards and from all areas of the city," Graf