Although reluctant to use redevelopment funds, the Orem City Council voted to allocate $32,000 to Woodbury Corp. for sidewalk along 1300 South across the street from the University Mall.
"We owe it to the citizens to fill in gaps," said Councilman Kelvin Clayton, who made the motion. He indicated that currently the side of the street islined with weeds and dangerous for pedestrian traffic.Clayton's motion passed after council members debated whether the RDA funds should be used to repay outstanding debt within the RDA or to pay for the sidewalks, which could be installed while the Utah Department of Transportation is doing major reconstruction on 1300 South.
"The funds accumulate to do this sort of thing," said Phil Goodrich, director of administrative services. "But there is outstanding debt for which this can be used."
Councilman Timothy Chris-ten-sen pointed out the city could reimburse itself when there is debt between the city and the redevelopment agency.
With the council's approval, Woodbury Corp. would be reimbursed instead for the costs incurred in putting curb, gutter and sidewalk on the south side of 1300 South from its corner project to the west end.
The council members agreed that the sidewalks are needed and it makes sense to put them in as the road is being improved by UDOT.
However, the vote was split 4-3 over whether the allocation is an appropriate use of RDA money.