Village looking to extend Fenner Street sidewalks to athletic fields

— “The need for a sidewalk to Fenner Fields has been discussed in the past by municipal officials, however, funding has not been available. When a new round of funding from NYS DOT was announced I approached the village about submitting an application,” Lines said. “This is a very competitive program, so funding is certainly not guaranteed. If funded, this project would help to improve the walkability of our community by connecting the village sidewalk system with this major center of community activity.”

If the village does not receive the grant this year, next year should be a better opportunity to apply, Lines said.

At the village and town joint public meeting on the sidewalk project on July 15, both boards’ members and the few public members in attendance were “generally very supportive” of the project, although a few neighbors raised concerns about safety issues, “which was great input,” Wheeler said.

While the Cazenovia Central School District is not a direct partner in the sidewalk project, the district is “absolutely supporting it” and sent a letter to that effect to the village, said district Superintendent Bob Dubik.

“This would help create safe passageway for everybody, not just for students, and we hope it is approved,” Dubik said.

Currently the district busses athletes to Fenner Fields for athletic practices and games.

If and when the sidewalk project comes to fruition, the village has been designated the lead agency in cooperation with the town and Madison County.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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