Town of Peru Supervisor Peter Glushko praised the efforts of Douglas and the committee during a recent Town Council meeting.
“Anything we can do to make it safer for students is a plus,” he said. “With the current budget situation at schools and towns, being able to access federal funding is crucial to making these improvements a reality.”
GOOD WORK REWARDED
The town received a similar grant in 2008 to complete a sidewalk along School Street, another main thoroughfare leading to the campus. Prior to installation of a new walkway there, students had to walk along the street, which is narrow and heavily used before and after the school day.
“They (grant providers) try to reward you when you do a project well,” Glushko said of a 2010 project to complete the School Street sidewalk.
“We’re very pleased with the success of the initial project, and we believe this second project will continue to improve safety for our children and adults.”
The new project will also provide sidewalks on campus from School Street to the district’s existing sidewalks.
NO LOCAL COST
Both the 2008 and current grant projects include an education component in which physical-education classes work on bicycle safety and riding bikes and walking to promote active lifestyles.
The current project will also include placing bicycle racks at significant points across the school campus.
Douglas said she believes the sidewalk project will not actually begin until the summer of 2014, as required paperwork and permitting steps are completed.
The work is 100 percent federally funded and will not cost the town or school any extra funds. The Town of Peru currently maintains the School Street sidewalk, clearing it of snow when needed.
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