The Fayetteville Village Board is keeping its promise to residents by building a connecting, walking village. In spring 2009, thanks to a federally-funded grant, sidewalk construction will begin.
Village officials learned Sept. 8 that Fayetteville received a $400,000 grant through a program called, "Safe Routes to School." The Walk-to-School program, created by federal law in 2005, promotes healthy transportation alternatives.
"We applied for the grant and we asked for $600,000,"said Mayor Mark Olson to a group of senior citizens last week at a candlelight luncheon held at the Fayetteville Senior Center. "We didn't think chances were that good but thought it never hurts to ask. We found out Monday that we received $400,000 of the $600,000 that we asked for."
Clearly delighted, Olson added, "$400,000 is a huge amount of money."
The New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn announced more than $27 million in grants for 70 projects across the state to help students walk and bike safely to school and home again.
Funding was made available to applicants based upon their population of kindergarten through eighth grade students - it will be used on targeted infrastructure improvements located within a two-mile radius of an elementary or middle school.
Around town, the city of Syracuse was granted $175,000 for a pedestrian safety project and the town of Manlius received almost $29,000 for pedestrian safety law enforcement.
Areas in Fayetteville directly affected will include Briar Brook Run on Route 5; all the way down to Brooklea Drive where the sidewalk will connect with another path project just completed on Route 257; Sheffield Lane to Immaculate Conception Church and a small portion of Mott Road.
A majority of residents the village surveyed for input in the onging comprehensive plan, have expressed one of their top desires for Fayetteville is connectivity and walkability.