When Dandrade estimated it would be two to two-and-a-half years, many people in the second-floor meeting room at Town Hall exhaled in frustration.
Town Planner Judy Tymon said the selectmen want to hear residents’ opinions before endorsing the project. The town cannot receive the money for the sidewalks until the selectmen give their approval, she explained.
Dandrade, whose firm has designed similar projects in many other communities, including Lowell, Lexington, Swampscott and Chelsea, said there will be “limited damage to the environment” if the sidewalks are built. He showed pictures of new sidewalks where trees and bushes were left intact.