Norwell: Residents voice opinions regarding Main Street sidewalk issue

A few residents turned out at the Norwell selectmen’s meeting Monday night and voiced both their support and opposition to the question of whether or not the town should construct sidewalk on one side of Route 123, from Norwell center to the Hanover Line.

Selectmen are still finalizing a town-wide survey to be mailed out to residents to see if they’d support the construction of a sidewalk on Main Street.

Steve Mott lives at 607 Main Street and he’s not exactly thrilled with the idea of a sidewalk that might impact his property.

“I would actually have people walking through my living room if the sidewalk was on my side of the street. So one of the concerns I have is that I get a survey that says ‘do you want a sidewalk in your living room,’ and I think not. So I don’t have enough information about which side of the street that we’re talking about. Does this widen the street?

So, my answer is no! What the hell are you crazy? No I don’t want a sidewalk!”

Selectman Chair Ellen Allen explained that the survey would ask residents if they would support a sidewalk on either side of the road. But Mott said he wouldn’t be happy if the sidewalk was across the street either.

“For Main Street residents only it asks if you would support the sidewalk on either side,” Allen explained.

“Yeah, screw the guy across the street – right!” Mott exclaimed.

Sarah Warren lives at 483 Main Street and she said that she’d happily destroy the end her newly constructed driveway to make way for a new sidewalk.

“My husband and I and our neighbor decided to put this cobblestone apron in at the end of our driveway to beautify things, about two weeks before town meeting. Then we went to town meeting and they announced this addition to the bill, and we all came home and said this is great! You know, we’re spending a fortune to put this apron at the end of our driveway, but we’d be happy to have it torn up, if we could have a sidewalk,” she said.

Selectmen are still putting together the sidewalk survey.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.