Commission Says 'NO' to ECCL Path
Most of the controversy among the Commissioners tonight settled around the District's continuing refusal to build the ECCL path. Commissioner Scheuerman seemed to hold out hope that someday the path could be built somehow but Chair Kuemmerle disagreed, "If it's not done now it will not get built" she said. Commissioner Steinberg agreed with Ms Kuemmerle stating flatly, "We should do [the bike/ped path] now. It's an amenity everyone wants."
District architect Mark Seiberlich told the Commissioners that an existing concrete wall in the way of the ECCL path will have to be seismically strenghtened for safety and money spent on that now would be wasted if the path is ever built at some future date. No one from the District told the Commissioners how much money would need to be spent strengthening the existing wall.
Commissioner John Scheuerman
The ECCL Bike/Ped path
can happen somehow,
someday, just not now.
"Maybe we can get a grant"
Commissioner Sean Moss seemed to disagree with his colleague John Scheuerman who stated a wish to someday see a path there. Mr Moss suggested there is simply not enough space for a bike/ped path on the site now or in the future because it would constrain an existing pool deck he said as he cast the deciding vote, killing the ECCL path.
At an earlier City Council meeting, Council member Jac Asher said the ECCL path should be built now. Otherwise, she said the ECCL path will not be built for decades because the School District and the City have borrowed the maximum amount of money legally possible and that the school construction bonds Series A through C must be paid back before more can be borrowed to build the path. She noted if not now, it likely will never be built.
The issue of the Center of 'Community' Life now goes before the City Council one last time September 3rd. The votes tonight could be overturned by the City Council at that time.