Tallahassee Commission Seeks Independent Study On Live Oak Sidewalk Plan

Mar 25, 2015

A plan to put a sidewalk on Live Oak plantation Road has turned into a heated fight. Lynn Hatter reports the Tallahassee City Commission played referee Wednesday and postponed a decision on the project.

The Tallahassee City Commission is opting for an independent study on whether Live Oak plantation Road needs a sidewalk needs a road—and whether residents are receptive to giving up right-of-way if the project were to move forward. Last summer, Virginia Dailey, wife of County Commissioner John Dailey, appeared before the commission to advocate for the project, and got it bumped up to the top of the city’s priority list. Since then, there’s been backlash from other residents who say they don’t want it.

“We have hear there are other, more pressing needs for sidewalks in areas that were higher on the list before the extraordinary efforts came about to put this project at the top of the list," said Commissioner Curtis Richardson. " It’s unfortunate that a project like this has pitted neighbor-against-neighbor.”

Richardson proposed the independent study. It was seconded by Commissioner Scott Maddox.

City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Nancy Miller have backed the project, calling it a safety issue for the people who walk the road.