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City Commission Candidates Discuss Who is Responsible for Lawrence Sidewalks

Some City Commission candidates say that maintaining Lawrence’s sidewalks should become a city responsibility but one candidate thinks differently.

Time has taken its toll on these pathways on Tennessee street… Leaving uneven bricks and large gaps. Gaps like these can be hazardous for people on walks.

City Commission Candidate Jennifer Ananda’s website says it should be a city goal to repair sidewalks and make Lawrence a walkable community.

Fellow candidates Bassem Chahine, Lisa Larsen, and Matthew Herbert agree saying the city should gradually work on fixing the sidewalks. With Dustin Stumblingbear suggesting fixing one neighborhood at a time.

Mike Anderson says, however, that sidewalks should continue to be a homeowner’s responsibility.

In Lawrence, homeowners are responsible for sidewalk upkeep and the city is responsible for curbs and streets.

Anderson says he understands some sidewalks need more attention than others and that repairs can be costly so he proposes the city have a fund to help property owners who have low-incomes, disabilities, or whose property is on an arterial, hospital, or school route.

Election day is next Tuesday.

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