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Wheatfield commits to Greenway trail

WHEATFIELD – The Wheatfield Town Board voted this week to commit the town to the construction and maintenance of a trail along River Road and the Niagara River – as long as Niagara County grants its request for $600,000 in Niagara River Greenway funding.

Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said the town has finally obtained a contract to receive a $1,136,000 federal Scenic Byways grant to be applied to the project – two years after the approval of the grant was announced.

But he said, “If we don’t get (Greenway) funding from the county, we’re probably not going anywhere.”

The first phase of the paved trail, which Cliffe said may be built in 2016, runs from the Niagara Falls city line to Liberty Drive. The second phase would extend the trail to the North Tonawanda city line.

The town voted to apply for the $600,000 Greenway grant last September, which it asked to be paid in four equal, annual installments. The town is committed to supplying local matching funds. The total cost of the second phase was estimated last year at nearly $2.6 million.