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Port Orchard City council discusses repairs to sidewalk

The Port Orchard City Council will finalize decisions on the repair of the Bay Street sidewalks on Monday evening.

In addition to an already-planned overlay repair to the sidewalks on the north side of Bay Street, the council is set to look at a $78,000 proposal to repair the curb and lay decorative brickwork to match the south side.

The councilmembers debated pushing the item through at their last June meeting, but a tie-breaking vote by Mayor Kim Abel held the decision off until the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.

Those who voted to hold off — Robert Puutansuu, Fred Chang and Rita DiIenno — said the delay would give the council time to examine the information and make an informed decision.

Those eager to expedite the decision — Carolyn Powers, Robert Geiger and Rick Wyatt — said downtown merchants have waited long enough for some improvements.

“When you get an opportunity to move ahead on a project, it’s nice to move forward because there’s so many times projects have delays,” Wyatt said at the meeting. “This was one opportunity we had a chance to move on a little swifter for the folks ... on the north side of Bay Street.”

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