2010.09.15 Ernie & Sharon Cardinal: Put new sidewalks to good use

Written by David Green.

Where are all the people taking walks on Gorham Street’s new sidewalks? We don’t have any children going past on their way to school. We don’t have any walkers coming into Morenci from the city or county lines trying to get to downtown shopping. We don’t even have walkers who drive to Gorham Street, park their cars, and just enjoy the fresh new place to take a walk in the great outdoors. We do have occasional Gorham Street residents going for a walk, but overall the foot traffic is low.   

If you drive down Gorham Street you will see that the contractors did a really great job on the projects. The residents spent a lot of money to have these walks put in and the City of Morenci paid $7.00 a linear foot in reimbursements, too.

 With Morenci citizens struggling with the current economic hardships, why has so much money been spent on this street for a sidewalk that goes nowhere anyone wants to go? I’m real sure this was not one of the City’s better ideas. The problem now is we already put the sidewalks in and need a good use for them.

 A few ideas come to mind. Why not let the school busses drop the children off on Gorham and let them walk to school from here. The police chief could take all the traffic violators to Gorham Street, park their cars and say, “there is the edge of town walk yourself towards it and out of here.” Or the best yet, why not have the parades in town walk down Gorham Street and back to town just for some extra steps.  

 Failing these ideas, here is an open invitation to use our sidewalks. For all the residents in Morenci who don’t have a nice sidewalk to walk on or just want to help us out, there is always Gorham Street available for a stroll. I look forward to seeing you walk by, after all, you helped pay for it, enjoy.

 – Ernie & Sharon Cardinal

Gorham Street residents

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