While some Glenn Avenue residents want sidewalks, others don't -- even if they don't have to pay for them.

While some Glenn Avenue residents want sidewalks, others don't -- even if they don't have to pay for them.

Glenn Avenue resident Jay Zenitsky said he and his wife, Patrice Rancour, were among residents in the 1900 block of Glenn Avenue who refused to sign a sidewalk petition last summer that was initiated by neighbors in the 1800 block. A sidewalk petition requires the signatures of 60 percent of residents on the street, who share the cost of installing and maintaining sidewalks.

This spring, city officials informed Glenn Avenue residents that installing sidewalks could be covered by $500,000 in federal stimulus money Upper Arlington received. Glenn Avenue was one of five streets, in addition to Lane, Barrington, Waltham and Mountview roads, which the city identified as eligible to receive sidewalks through stimulus funds.

Zenitsky said he's upset that city officials didn't seek the input of all Glenn Avenue residents to ensure that they, indeed, wanted the sidewalks.

"All we're saying is that if the 1800 block to the south wants it, they should have it," Zenitsky said. "But we feel it's an imposition to a block that doesn't want it."

Zenitsky is also concerned that installing sidewalks would result in the removal of or damage to trees that line Glenn Avenue.

"This street really isn't designed for a 5-foot sidewalk and a 5-foot tree lawn," Zenitsky said.

Assistant city manager Joe Valentino said city officials discussed many of the concerns Zenitsky cites during a June 11 meeting with residents. In addition to Valentino, the meeting was attended by city council member Linda Mauger, public services director Darryl Hughes, city engineer Tom Komlanc and parks and forestry superintendent Steve Cothrel.

Valentino said Cothrel told residents that most of the street trees would not be harmed by sidewalk construction.

As a result of the meeting, the city is requiring a petition with signatures from 60 percent of residents on both the north and south ends of Glenn Avenue indicating that they want sidewalks.

"The city doesn't have a master plan saying, 'Glenn Avenue has to have sidewalks, no matter what,'" Valentino said. "That's not where our priorities are."

The deadline for the new sidewalk petition is the end of the week. If there are not enough signatures from Glenn Avenue residents, the city will not move forward with the sidewalk project, Valentino said.

Mauger said she's spoken with Glenn Avenue residents on both sides of the issue.

"In every community situation, there's people with varying opinions and wishes," Mauger said. "I believe we're trying very hard to hear everybody's voices and everyone's interests and make a decision based on the wishes of majority of residents on Glenn Avenue."