Burbank may have to pass on $125,000 in federal grant money if an earlier City Council decision to halt sidewalk construction on two blocks of Screenland Drive near Luther Middle School remains unchanged.
Following the outcry of nearly 90% of the residents on the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive earlier this year, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to halt the construction of sidewalks on that stretch of street.
The residents argued they weren't adequately notified of the project, and said the new walkways would create their own safety hazards.
The project would have been funded by a federal Safe Routes to Schools grant the city applied for in late 2006. The grant is "designed to improve and enhance the safety of schoolchildren walking or bicycling to and from school," according to a city report.
When the city originally applied for the funds, officials polled the 1800 block of Screenland Drive and reported a 50% acceptance rate. Due to an oversight, the 1900 block residents were not originally notified.