As the Safety Director (Police Chief) and Village Manager for the Village of Waynesville, it is a responsibility of mine to identify safety issues and ways to improve the village for those who live, work, and visit our community. One of the areas of which I have identified as a safety issue and have discussed with the Village Council is the lack of sidewalks on Franklin Rd. On a daily basis we see multiple children and adults walking in the street in this area due to the lack of sidewalks. The village does have a code that requires residence within the village to have sidewalks which was not previously enforced.
Our goal was to seek ways to install these sidewalks without becoming a financial burden to the residents. This past winter I located a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which was offered by Warren County. After extensive research and planning which included the neighborhood survey, I submitted an application, and it was presented to the Warren County Commissioners for the Waynesville Sidewalk Safety Program. On April 20, 2021, the Village received notification that we are being awarded $35,000.00 to be used for this program. With that said, I am happy to announce that this project will be at no expense to the residents of Waynesville.
The residents directly affected have already been notified as the sidewalk will be in the village easement in front of their homes. We are looking to begin this project in either June or July and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your cooperation.
Chief G. L. Copeland – Village Manager