A three-month battle over the installation of sidewalks on a section of North Screenland Drive has ended with a victory for sidewalk proponents.
In a 4-to-1 decision, the Burbank City Council this week sided with the Public Works Department and approved the construction of sidewalks within the public right-of-way
on the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive despite protests from many of the affected residents.
Without the sidewalks, council members said the city would be at risk of losing out on thousands more in federal funding for infrastructure-related improvements — a position Burbank can’t afford, given tight budgets and the competition for grants.
The decision was a reversal of a 3-2 vote on Dec. 7, when the council voted to decline $125,000 awarded through a federal Safe Routes to School grant the city applied for in late 2006.
Many of the affected residents on the two blocks had protested the planned sidewalks as an unnecessary intrusion onto their yards, and said city officials hadn’t properly notified of them of the project.