The decision, in which Councilmen Lawrence Wright and Ken Averett were the dissenting votes, came despite several earlier meetings and another dozen impassioned comments Tuesday from residents, venting the frustrations of the 1,000 people who signed a petition asking the city not to impede on the homeowners' private property.
"Not one person has come up and said, 'This is a great idea, let's do it,'" said Maragaret Ihrig, who does not live in the homes directly impacted. "We don't know what else to do as a community. We repeat ourselves, and some of us get emotional ,and I don't mean this to be rude, but you look like you're bored with us. Listen to us, none of us want this."
Averett, a real estate agent, said the decision to take private property from homeowners "ran counterintuitive to my nature."
Andy Bavelas, who lives west of Main Street, said the growth of the commercial zones of Centerville is hurting local businesses, and widening Main Street will only encourage that growth.
Alan Hayward, a Centerville resident who will not have property directly impacted, stormed out of the meeting after he addressed the council.
"The city has made decisions that stick in everybody's craw. The citizens don't want this stuff. This is supposed to be a representative government," said Hayward as he pounded the podium.
Councilman John Higginson, who lives in the north end of the town of about 15,000, said his neighbors have told him they want better traffic flow through the area.
"Traffic will only increase. To do only one phase is short-sighted. We don't want to have to address this again in a few years," Higginson said. "We have the funding now."