In a front page article, "Road to Trouble," the newspaper did an excellent job of providing residents, especially those with children, a description of the risks to pedestrians who utilize Main Street to access local roads and buildings. Even though this road is part of Hilton Head Island, some representatives on Town Council worry about the cost to fix and maintain the well-traveled road.
Given the amount of money that the council spends on paved bike paths that appear to be for marketing the island, one would question this concern when it comes to spending on children's safety.
As a resident with a business window on Main Street, I notice the walking day trips from the island's schools along Main Street. Since there is no sidewalk or bike path along this busy corridor a block from the schools, Jennifer Bell's petition to get the town to assume responsibility for this thoroughfare should be given greater legitimacy.
Taking this argument one step further, there is a stormwater drain near the north end of Main Street. This drain is totally unprotected and is filled with various fluids and fauna with a periodic gator sunning on the dirt filled drain. One can easily visualize a young child walking home from school falling into this cesspool and incurring serious injury.
Meanwhile the council is planning to spend millions of dollars on more bike paths! Something is wrong with this picture.
Thomas E. Nugent
Hilton Head Island