A citizens committee will study a proposal to build curb, gutter and sidewalk along Farmington's Main Street from Shepard Lane to the Somerset subdivision entrance.

The project could cost up to $120,000, according to an engineering estimated, because of retaining walls that would also have to be built to hold back steep hillsides on the road's east side.The proposal calls for more than 3,000 feet of sidewalk, costing just under $25,000, and 1,330 feet of retaining wall, estimated at $66,000. The curb and gutter would cost about $16,000, according to the estimate, with the remainder of the cost for engineering and other fees.

City Manager Max Forbush said the city has some $42,000, including grant money, available, leaving $78,000 to be raised. A special improvement district could be formed, assessing the property owners for a share, Forbush said.

Residents of Somerset Farms and the Compton Bench area have been asking for a sidewalk along that stretch of Main Street for years, For-bush said. Most of the children in the areas attend the elementary school on Shepard Lane and walk along Main Street to get there.

The council agreed to appoint a citizens committee to study the proj-ect and poll residents about their opinions on a special improvement district.

Councilwoman Marda Dillree, a Compton Bench resident, said people in her neighborhood may be willing to make donations to the proj-ect even though they would not be assessed through an improvement district because their property would not be directly affected.