I see in the April 7 edition of The Hawk Eye, our city council is allocating some funds from the $17 million grant our city received to do some additional work on the riverfront flood wall.  

I have no problems with trying to improve the ability to control the flooding of the Mississippi River, but that is not a everyday occurrence like the schoolchildren, the joggers, and the walkers, that have to use the vehicle traveled portion of Mason Road, to travel from the middle school east to get to their destination.

I was told by our city manager this project is to be funded by a grant from the State of Iowa in FY 2019, totaling $350,000, if the state has the funds.  

I think that grant is probably not going to happen. Let us not put the aforementioned groups of walkers and runners in daily danger.  

Use what money from the $17 million grant and build that sidewalk.

Which should be our priority — a flood wall or a child or jogger’s well being.

If any of you have ever driven Mason Road, and seen the schoolchild or the jogger or the walker have to move from the street to the grass to avoid being hit by a oncoming car, because that car is meeting another car, and can't pull over to miss you, then you know what I mean.  

To our city fathers, please fund the sidewalk for safety.

Jon Creelman,

Burlington