The North Sioux City City Council was presented multiple options for sidewalk placement in River Valley along Delmar Circle’s cul-de-sac and on South and North Churchill Circles at their meeting Monday, June 21. Rick Wegher of Brown & Wegher was present to answer questions and provide information.

Pictures were shown to the council of the complications at the end of Delmar Circle where the sidewalks had not been fully completed along the cul-de-sac and utilities had been placed where the sidewalk would need to be. Council responses varied from “move the utilities back” to “cul-de-sac’s don’t need a sidewalk at the end.”

Council member Gary Bogenrief questioned why the plats were approved without sidewalks in the first place. He also wanted to know whether the current residents would have to pay to have a sidewalk put in front of their houses.

“It seems like we’re working from a position of we don’t know what happened here,” Bogenrief said. “How did the development get started?”

A brief history was given on the project that originated in the early 2000s. Bogenief was also informed that there is an agreement between the city and River Valley to split the cost of sidewalks on everything except Canterbury Circle.

Wegher presented the various options – move the utilities, go around the utilities, angle the sidewalks to the street at the cul-de-sac or the city doesn’t need sidewalks on cul-de-sacs.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.