SOUTHINGTON — Support for keeping a path through town-owned land to Hatton School continued at the Town Council meeting Monday night.
Councilor Michael Riccio said a paving contractor quoted him $13,000 to resurface the deteriorating path.
Other estimates the town received had run from $30,000 to $50,000.
The path, which is in poor condition, runs from the Spring Lake Road school through town-owned open space to Berlin Street. Some school officials say it’s used by few students and they supported its removal.
Riccio said if it is removed, students will be re-routed onto other roads, putting them at greater risk.
“We can afford to repave a sidewalk for our children and our children’s safety,” he said. “It’s our responsibility and we must do it.”
Town Manager Mark Sciota said the town’s highway department had concerns about the quote Riccio received.
Other councilors, including chairman Chris Palmieri, questioned why the council was given much higher estimates to fix the path.
“If we are getting estimates that are much, much higher than another estimate was, that’s something that has to be looked into” said Councilor John Barry. “That’s a legitimate issue.”
A resident complained about the path’s condition to town officials and the issue was discussed by board and council leaders.
The decision to remove the path has sparked opposition from some area residents, including parents of Hatton students.
Board of Education chairman Brian Goralski has said school officials don’t believe the path is needed. They told him that one or two students use it per day.
Palmieri said the decision whether to maintain the path during the winter is up to the school district. It will be maintained this winter.
The costs of plowing and salting is “the expensive part,” Sciota said.
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