This week, Milford Public Works is planning to cut back the brush which has overgrown the sidewalk leading from to .
Republican Town Committee Chairperson and Milford Citizen Lisa Bull DiLullo brought the issue to the Milford Patch's attention in an email, noting the "overgrown and nearly impassable" sidewalk behind Pumpkin Delight School, adjacent to the fence.
A Closer Look
Milford Patch went down to Pumpkin Delight to check out the path. Photos are posted in this article, as well as a video of an attempt to walk from the beginning of the path to its conclusion at the outskirts of Silver Sands State Park.
Lisa Bull DiLullo contacted Mayor Blake regarding the overgrowth. There was some question as to whether the City or the Board of Education was responsible for the upkeep. DiLullo wrote:
If the BoE has abandoned the sidewalk, kindly bust it up and place no trespassing signs there. But for as long as it remains a sidewalk in a public area, I respectfully insist that SOMEONE maintain it.
Board of Education Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli was able to shed some light on how this situation came to be.
Richetelli explained that the fence at the edge of Pumpkin Delight's property was erected a half decade ago using a $75,000 grant from then Speaker of the House, Jim Amann.
"Technically, the path is still part of school property," Richetelli said. "But we do not have the equipment to maintain it."
City, State or Board of Ed?
"Public Works is going to cut that brush back," Richetelli said, adding, "at some point, we may want to have the State or City take it over."
As for the future of the path, Richetelli noted, "We have no interest in the path further, but the City may and the State may."
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