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Sidewalk debate packs Jesup City Hall

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JESUP — A proposed change to city regulations about sidewalks brought out strong opinions Tuesday night.

Currently, the city does not require new subdivisions to build sidewalks, and many homes do not have them in front of the property.

Some say they want sidewalks added to the city, and say they would bring several benefits.

“I feel that they’re a step forward for our whole community, adding beauty, functionality and safety. There’s no doubt sidewalks will make Jesup a safer community,” said Cathy Sebetka.

Those against the proposal say they’ll be expensive to add and would cost the city many trees that would have to be cut down. One compared action on the proposal to the recent federal indictment of Texas governor Rick Perry.

“Your duty is by law to serve the people who elected you to the position you hold. Former presidential candidate Rick Perry was recently indicted for abuse of power. Is that any different than a situation here?” asked Dennis Becker.

Debate on the issue lasted until just before 10 p.m., when the council dropped the current sidewalk project. However, city council members said a revised version could be brought forward in the future.

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