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Wilton Walking Audit

  1. 1. August 17, 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Joan A. Walton, AICP </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Transportation Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments </li></ul><ul><li>125 Manley Road </li></ul><ul><li>Auburn, ME 04210 </li></ul><ul><li>783-9186 phone, 783-5211 fax </li></ul><ul><li>www.avcog.org </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Rhonda Irish, Town Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Terry Brann, Selectman </li></ul><ul><li>Russell Black, Selectman </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Gooch, Selectman </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Saviello, Selectman </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Montague, Code Enforcement Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Frank Donnell, Parks and Recreation Depart. </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>Susan Atwood, Wilson Lake Inn/The Wilton Group </li></ul><ul><li>John Black, Rocky Hill Landscap </li></ul><ul><li>Gary Davis, Franklin Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Joey Kingsley </li></ul><ul><li>Eileen Liddy, The Wilton Group </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Mitchell, Village Reality/The Wilton Group </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Hohne, Hohne-Werner Designs/The Wilton Group </li></ul><ul><li>Angela Werner, Hohne-Werner Designs/The Wilton Group </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>Suggestions and ideas to make </li></ul><ul><li>Wilton more inviting, appealing and user friendly for residents and visitors alike. </li></ul>
  6. 9. Wilton Town Boat Dock and Boat Ramp <ul><li>Consider boat slips to enable lake residents to commute to downtown via lake </li></ul><ul><li>Consider changing guard rail and use natural materials for barrier. </li></ul>
  7. 10. Wilson Stream bridge to be replaced by Dept. of Transportation in 2011
  8. 11. Consolidate and improve signage by using universal signs making boat access area more attractive. Town Boat Access area Friends of Wilson Lake installed new kiosk 2011.
  9. 12. Foot of Wilson Lake on Lake Road
  10. 13. Finish wall work along foot of lake and continue walking path
  11. 14. Change signage to more universal signs to give be more attractive look to lake front area.
  12. 15. Building and telephone pole could use landscaping to be more attractive
  13. 16. Public Boat Access sign needs replacing Sign needed with name “Wilson Lake”.
  14. 17. Suggested sidewalk be extended from Main Street down to the bridge
  15. 18. Area presents trip hazard and needs repair work. Utility on sidewalk
  16. 19. Many small things can make downtown look more inviting like trimming along roadside areas.
  17. 20. Consider more attractive barriers – fence or wall.
  18. 21. Sidewalks are basically in good shape but need maintenance.
  19. 22. What changes can be made to make needed barriers more attractive behind Bradley’s Pizza and in Front of Calzolaio’s?
  20. 23. Sidewalk repairs needed and Crosswalk sign at Bradley’s Pizza
  21. 24. Sidewalks need to be handicap accessible .
  22. 25. Parking lines in front of Bradley’s Pizza are needed.
  23. 26. Traffic pattern around monument was changed 2011.
  24. 27. Sidewalks need to go around telephone poles
  25. 28. No left turn sign is not visible to traffic approaching Main Street from High Street
  26. 29. Public parking signage need on High Street parking area
  27. 30. Stairs from Public Parking Area to downtown Area needs work to be safe Weeding New railings
  28. 31. Parking lines need painting Signage needed to indicate path & stairs to Main Street and downtown. Public Parking Area behind Key Bank
  29. 34. New signage needed to make all businesses easily visible to pedestrians. One goal is to make downtown more pedestrian friendly and inviting.
  30. 35. Inviting to pedestrians – wares on display and note signage. Businesses need to maintain outside areas be more inviting to public.
  31. 36. Sidewalk repairs needed for long term maintenance.
  32. 37. Nice landscape on side of post office – needs little maintenance.
  33. 38. Soften angles of buildings using small trees.
  34. 39. Add green space wherever possible. Consider changing paved area in front of post office into landscaped green area. Soften angles of buildings using trees and perennials.
  35. 40. This type of signage is unattractive and set too high. Parking Lines needed at Food City Beer and food signs should not be here. Landscaping needed
  36. 41. Over grown areas need to be maintained
  37. 43. Park area on Wilson Stream across from Wilton Hardware needs more landscaping, seating to be more appealing to pedestrians.
  38. 44. Sidewalk ends along side of Food City
  39. 45. Sidewalk near Food City ends abruptly.
  40. 47. Once again – more curb and sidewalk repair work needed.
  41. 48. Crosswalk should be moved and curbing replaced along sidwalk.
  42. 49. Franklin Savings Bank improves signage with landscaping.
  43. 50. How do we encourage property owners to maintain and improve buildings and visual appeal of property in downtown area?
  44. 51. Sidewalk curb needs improvement at Methodist Church parking area.
  45. 52. Crosswalk improperly placed, has been eliminated at Methodist Church across from Franklin Savings Bank.
  46. 54. Vegetation needs maintenance to allow good visibility of signage.
  47. 55. Overgrown areas around street signs needs regular attention.
  48. 58. Timely follow up with property owners regarding taxes and repairs.
  49. 59. Regular sidewalk maintenance and repairs needed.
  50. 60. Extend sidewalk along marked parking spaces at the Methodist Church on Main Street
  51. 61. Consider encircling these posts with green space and plantings. Great area for benches and picnic tables around Franklin Savings Bank green space areas.
  52. 62. Sidewalk needed
  53. 63. Improve sidewalk maintenance and crosswalk areas in front of Firehouse video..
  54. 64. Building owners might consider erecting fence for tenants privacy and improve view of building to general public.
  55. 65. Regular trimming needed to improve street appeal.
  56. 66. There is no sidewalk from Firehouse video to area in across from Wilton Hardware store.
  57. 67. Many areas easily improved with landscaping and regular maintenance.
  58. 68. Soften the edges and corners of buildings w/plantings
  59. 69. Improved signage needed and landscaping to incorporate more green areas around businesses.
  60. 70. Sidewalk needs to continue here to park area across from Wilton Hardware.
  61. 71. Sidewalk across from post office ends. Sidewalks needed on both sides of Main Street.
  62. 72. <ul><li>Area need attention to make </li></ul><ul><li>More inviting to pedestrians. </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestion for downtown area </li></ul><ul><li>Benches </li></ul><ul><li>Trash containers </li></ul><ul><li>Dog poop bag dispensers? </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle racks at specified areas </li></ul><ul><li>Improved and expanded landscaped areas </li></ul>
  63. 73. Is it possible to extend wall here along Wilson Stream?
  64. 74. Railings need repair and painting Replace No Parking Signs
  65. 75. Sidewalk ends. What can be done to continue sidewalk here?
  66. 76. Consider enclosing area around lamp post with hard scape and landscaping
  67. 77. <ul><li>Sidewalk on this side of downtown along stream and Library? </li></ul><ul><li>Repairs needed on wall </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape, greenery needed to soften wall area </li></ul>
  68. 78. Repair needed along Wilson Stream wall on Main Street
  69. 79. <ul><li>Wall needs repair work </li></ul><ul><li>No side walk in front of Library </li></ul><ul><li>Signage needed for Library </li></ul>
  70. 80. Incorporate telephone poles into sidewalks. .
  71. 81. Encourage business signage mounted to be visible to pedestrians.
  72. 82. Suggest landscaping walk way from Main Street to public parking area
  73. 83. <ul><li>Signage & Telephone Poles </li></ul><ul><li>Sidewalk should go around telephone poles </li></ul><ul><li>Use visually appealing road signage </li></ul><ul><li>Off street parking signage needed </li></ul>
  74. 84. Examples business signage which could be more informative by indicating days & time of operation of business.
  75. 85. No Parking sign Public Parking signage needed at corner of 319 Main Street Public Parking Area
  76. 87. Off street parking signage needed in downtown area. High Street Parking Area
  77. 88. A unique public service in downtown area, is the public telephone outside of Key Bank on the corner of Main and High Street.
  78. 89. Suggest expansion of green area around monument by 5 feet. It would then incorporate hydrant and flag pole and be more appealing and contribute to better traffic flow.
  79. 90. Parking in front of monument was eliminated in 2011 to allow improved traffic flow around monument.
  80. 91. To ensure safety signage should not be positioned on sidewalks.