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Delafield neighbors upset by bike path proposal

Posted at 7:28 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 20:28:30-04

Homeowners along Milwaukee Street in Delafield are frustrated by a proposal to install an asphalt path catering to pedestrians and bicyclists just south of the roadway. 

The plan calls for the widening of the street between Oak and Main, and city officials are also considering adding a bike path in the area. 

Daniel Webster, a homeowner who lives on one of roughly 15 properties impacted by the path proposal, said he was surprised to receive information about the idea in the mail last week. 

Webster said he and his neighbors worry the path will infringe on their yards because it'll run through areas that are now grass.  

"This is going to come back and bite them when property values go down," Webster said of city officials. 

The Mayor argues the path would be installed in an area that falls within the city's right of way. He said the walkway would help bicyclists and pedestrians get around Delafield safely.

Mayor Kent Attwell said the city does not have to seize any property that's currently deemed private in order to make the path work. 

"I wouldn't support a project that would require that," Mayor Atwell said. 

An informational meeting is planned for Thursday at 5 p.m. at Delafield City Hall. 

Attwell said he hopes the discussion produces feedback and new ideas from neighbors. 

Webster said he and his neighbors all plan to attend.