Council makes a start on footpath repairs

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council has taken a step forward to improve the condition of footpaths in Cooma and address pedestrian safety.

Council has committed $22,000 to repair sections of footpath along Sharp Street.

Repairs and replacement work will be focused on the area between Soho Street and Cooma Back Creek and between Cooma Creek and north to Hilton Street.

It will not take in the footpaths in the CBD.

About 155 square metres of footpath will be repaired or replaced with 78 metres of footpath hazards eliminated using a grinder.

Council approved expenditure to repair the footpaths at its meeting on Monday.

The money will come from council's infrastructure fund.

Deputy mayor Bronnie Taylor said it would be great to make a start on the footpaths.

It will be a small step toward fixing the footpaths.

Council owns about 36.69 kilometres of built footpaths across the shire. The total area is about 44,028 square metres.

Council estimates show the total area that needs to be replaced due to hazards is 2,417 square metres. The cost to remove all trip hazards is estimated to be about $300,000.

The state of Cooma's footpaths has been a contentious issue in recent months.

Resident Ruth Blattman recently presented a petition to council with 500 signatures calling on council to make the footpaths in the CBD safe, attractive and remove the yellow paint.

The petition said there were too many accidents due to damaged footpaths, resulting in people tripping over and getting hurt.

Council's CBD/Centennial Park improvement program over the next few years will progressively address footpath hazards in the Sharp Street CBD area.

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