The Sidewalk Committee consists of volunteer members who make recommendations to the Township Board regarding installation of sidewalks on main roads.
The Committee recognizes the fact that Shelby is no longer a rural community and increased population and traffic has made sidewalks a necessity.
The Committee's focus is on main roads and heavily traveled streets. With a limited budget and many miles of sidewalk that still need completion on main roads, it is impossible for the Committee to recommend sidewalks on interior streets without a Special Assessment District for the individual area of concern.
As a long term goal, the Committee wants to link all of the Township's parks by sidewalks or bike paths. Recognizing Shelby Township's commitment to preserve trees, every effort is made to save trees and landscape in sidewalk planning whenever possible.
Sidewalk Committee Members are proud to see a wide variety of uses for the sidewalks they have recommended on heavily traveled roads. As part of our mission, the Committee continues to strive to provide bicyclists, walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, skateboarders, and senior citizens who may not drive, people confined to wheel chairs and babies in strollers, access to our parks and local stores by a safe means of pedestrian travel.
The Committee is pleased with the success of the pedestrian friendly overpasses located on both 21 Mile and 22 Mile over the M-53 freeway. The 22 Mile overpass was aptly named "Donald Pitzen Walkway" in memory of this former Sidewalk Committee Member who was instrumental is making the overpasses a reality for Shelby Township. As a result of their construction, these overpasses have been utilized by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and a variety of pedestrian travel on a regular basis.
The Committee welcomes new members and input from residents as to where sidewalks are needed or wanted. Committee Chairperson, Craig Cowper, can be contacted through the Clerks Office at (586) 731-5102, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sidewalk Committee generally meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Lobby Conference Room in the upper level of the Township Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend. Please call or e-mail the Clerk's Office to confirm meeting date and time.