Andy Nilles and Mayor Ken Hays cut the ribbon on the new Brackett Road pathway that the Sequim Walmart, the City of Sequim and residents of The Vintage at Sequim worked to finish. On hand for the ribbon cutting were, from left, Walmart assistant managers Cindy Cashman and Wendy Inman; Mike Thomas, estimator with Lakeside Industries; Nilles; Hays; Lita McPherson, Walmart assistant manager; Lee Ruiz, store manager; and Steve Burkett, city manager. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash
Residents, Walmart and city celebrate pathway
Sequim Gazette staff
Local supporters christened a new pathway along Brackett Road the morning of Jan. 3. A crowd comprised of employees with the City of Sequim, Walmart employees and residents of The Vintage at Sequim, an affordable senior housing facility, turned out for the event.
The six-foot-wide pathway from The Vintage to Priest Road on the south side of Brackett Road stems from the efforts of The Vintage resident Andy Nilles. He campaigned for the city to increase safety at the intersection of Priest Road and Brackett Road.
The Sequim Walmart donated $20,000 toward the eventual plans for a pathway with the city paying the difference. Lakeside Industries completed the three-day project on Dec. 14.
Mayor Ken Hays said the project wouldn’t have happened without Walmart’s donation and Nilles, whom he referred to as an “effective troublemaker.” Steve Burkett, city manager, said the project proved people could fight city hall.
Betty Handly, The Vintage property manager, said she’s seen more foot and scooter traffic using the pathway. Nilles and Walmart also paid for a bench along the pathway.
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