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Fox Point Board to Consider Footbridge Survey Tuesday

After many residents have expressed strong feelings, both for and against, work on the Bridge Lane Ravine Footbridge, the Village Board will talk about including a survey in the Fall Village Newsletter.

The Fox Point Footbridge saga continues Monday when the Village Board will chat about possibly including a survey in the fall, village-wide newsletter. 

The Bridge Lane Ravine Footbridge connects Bridge Lane and Barnett Lane, spanning a deep ravine, and that bridge  

Residents Larry Booth and Bob Cory have asked the board repeatedly to to gauge the level of support for taxpayer money funding the project. Both men are not in favor of building a new bridge, as Booth called it in one of his Letter's to the Editor. 

"We need this to be on an informational flier to all residents (like the crime report sent out) and then scheduled as a referendum item on the very next ballot opportunity!" Cory said in a comment on a Patch Letter to the Editor. "Lets stop the foolishness! Our village pockets are not lined with such discretionary funds!"

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"One of the most puzzling things about this project is the fact the Village Board has never taken a formal vote on whether spending $1.1 million on a footbridge is a wise use of taxpayer money," Booth wrote. "At the Village Board’s February meeting, the Village President even denied a resident’s request to have the Board vote in public on the matter."

But other residents feel just as strongly that they want the bridge restored. Neighbors Cissy and Jack Bryson and Mary and James Connelly have also made speeches at numerous board meetings regarding the bridge. The four even spent $5,000 of their own money to hire an expert,

A Patch poll posted in April shows  followed by 17 percent in favor of restoring the bridge of a total 443 votes. 

Most recently, there was a special board meeting where That money will be used to hire a professional fundraiser to rhelp aise their $625,000 share for a new footbridge.

Also on Tuesday's agenda, the board plans to:

  • Discuss and possibly act on a resolution that says of the budget. 
  • Receive a forestry report from the village forester reviewing work on Emerald Ash Borer remediation, elm and ash tree removal and the forestry's interaction with the community. 
  • Discuss and possibly act on borrowing $2.3 million from the State Trust Fund. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at

Absolutelyfabulous September 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Was there any vetting of this "fundraiser" before they were handed $30,000 of taxpayers monies? Is this "fundraiser" in any way connected to people who are trying to get this bridge replaced? What a complete disaster this has turned into. How can the leaders of Fox Point continue to drag this debacle out and not make a decision. Seriously, some people need to go out and buy a spine and not worry about what a few of their friends/potential business opportunities think. What is not clear about a 72% vote in favor of abandoning the bridge vs 17% wanting to restore it? Hopefully, this whole situation makes it to the next level press wise to illustrate just how imcompetant/indecicisive the Village of Fox Point trustees are. You people are pathetic. ___________________ This link might help some of you Trustees out and give you some guidance that is sorely needed. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shit%20or%20get%20off%20the%20pot
JM September 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
We have lived in Fox Point for 22 years and the bridge has been a great thing that my family has enjoyed. The uniqueness of this bridge is something that has made Fox Point special for all residents. It should be repaired/replaced and it should be done sooner than later.
Absolutelyfabulous September 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM
How much $$$ are you and everyone else who utilizes this bridge and are in favor of it being repaired/replaced contributing to the effort? It's a nice little bridge, but how many people actually use it and is the cost justified? It's a bridge to nowhere that a majority of people don't know exists, where it's located or will ever use. BTW...If this bridge situation ever does come to a resolution and the decision is made to go forward w/ replacing, I can almost guarantee you the price will be higher than what is being let on to the residents. There are clauses in bids for services/materials that they are only good for a certain period of time and then they need to get re-bid for a new/current price. Just one more repricussion of the inabilityof the trustees of Fox Point to make a decision and stay on course.
Larry Booth September 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The cost figure used in the article was correct at the time but has since changed. The $1.1 million has now ballooned to $2.2 to $2.5 million depending on whose figures you use. That's an astronomical sum for a FOOTBRIDGE and for any project in a village of just 6,600 people. It is critical that residents attend this next village meeting Tuesday at 7PM at village hall and demand the Board abandon this riduculous waste of taxpayer money or at the very least survey residents to find out what THEY want, not what the Board wants.
Sarah Worthman September 10, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Thanks for your comments everyone. Will any of you be attending the meeting Tuesday?

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