Wheatfield sidewalk controversy continues

Controversy In Wheatfield Over Sidewalk

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. -- The Wheatfield Town Board hasn't made a decision yet on a sidewalk proposal that has dived a lot of people in the town. 

16-year-old Ryan Fischer was killed in a hit and run while walking on Krueger Road in 2014. 

His family pushed for a sidewalk as a new safety feature. 

The state has offered more than $750,000 in grant money, but the town board voted "not" to accept the grant money Monday night. 

The board instead voted to ask the state's Department of Transportation to see if they can widen the shoulder of the road instead. 

Some people in the community have opposed the sidewalk, because they say it will intrude the community's "small town feel." 

The supervisor says he just hopes to see a safety feature added. 

"If it was my grandchildren living over in that area, I'd feel a heck of a lot safer if they had a sidewalk to go back and forth," Bob Cliffe, the town's supervisor, said. "There is a lot of traffic on that road, it's a very unique situation where it's a connecting road between two major highways."

If the town eventually accepts the state grant, it will need to come up with about $200,000 of its own money to pay for the project. 

 

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