To the Editor:
Residents of Heritage Woods of Huntley and Deer Path of Huntley must walk or ride their scooters about four blocks in the street on Regency Parkway to get to Route 47 and shopping areas. These people are disabled and have limited resources. Making them walk in the street is dangerous, and when the street is covered with snow, ice or rain, it is impossible.
Before issuing permits for these projects, the village should have insisted on a connecting sidewalk to Route 47. How did they think disabled people were going to get to the shopping on Route 47? Did they think they could fly?
It’s inevitable that someone will be hurt, disabled or killed, resulting in a lawsuit against the village. It will be noted that the village spent considerable time and resources for new downtown sidewalks and bike paths, including the new proposed path from Jewel-Osco to Walmart, but ignored the critical need on Regency Parkway.
In addition to the suffering, at least two consequences will affect all Huntley residents. First, negative press will have a negative effect on the value of our homes and the ability to sell them. Second, the cost of the lawsuit, settlement money and a rise in the village’s insurance premiums will be passed on to residents by increasing taxes and/or canceling future village projects.
For humanitarian and practical reasons, the village should pay to have a sidewalk constructed without delay and recapture the cost when the property is developed.