Anita Sickels Ward
To the editor:
As residents of Water Street in Franklin, we read with interest the Daily Journal Oct. 22 article “Beautiful Streets Are Hard to Beat.” We agree with board of works members Steve Barnett and Bob Swinehamer that the $1.75 million price tag for upgrading and beautifying Water Street is unnecessary and too high.
First, Water Street does not receive the heavy use that Main Street does and is not a gateway into the downtown. Surely, the road does not need to be built to the same standards.
Second, we residents on Water Street, north and south, are endeavoring to make our homes and yards aesthetically pleasing to ourselves and passers-by. Once the exterior renovations have been made to the Padgett building on Monroe and Water streets (I hope in my lifetime) and to the Hazelett building, our street is going to look pretty fantastic. New sidewalks will be needed in areas, of course.
Third, $1.75 million is a lot of real money. Emotionally, we cannot believe we will receive much enjoyment out of that extravagant an upgrade. We trust our local leaders will demonstrate the fiscal responsibility that would be a good example for our leaders in Washington, D.C.