Town of Tonawanda

Officials last week were looking ahead to warmer months when walkers, joggers and bicyclists will finally traverse a long-planned trail along an old, abandoned rail line.

The Town Board was briefed Monday on plans for the Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails by Town Engineer Jim Jones who said construction on the project led by Erie County should begin in spring 2015.

The nearly four-mile trail, planned for a right of way owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, would begin at Kenmore Avenue, cross Englewood Avenue near Parker Boulevard, run along Center Avenue to north of Sheridan Drive and end at State Street in the City of Tonawanda.

“It’s been in planning for many, many years,” Jones said. “But we’re getting real close now to making it a reality.”

At the Town Board’s regular meeting Monday night, lawmakers approved three permanent property easements with the county to move the project along.

Design plans call for a 12-foot-wide paved asphalt path lined by two feet of stone on each side and brush cleared 10 feet beyond that. Benches would line the trail at quarter-mile intervals and architectural gateways would be placed at each of the “community connection points” where neighborhoods will pick up the trail.

Meanwhile, another long-envisioned trail – on the drawing board since 2002 – is slated to open early this spring, Jones said.

The two-mile-long Sherwood Greenway goes south from Sheridan Drive and runs parallel to Riverview Boulevard, through the parklike campus of Praxair. It then heads west along the southern right of way of Woodward Avenue west to Kenmore Avenue, where it jogs northwest to Sheridan, then southwest along Sheridan to Riverwalk.

Also this week:

• A budget work session of the Ken-Ton School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road.

• The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the mayor’s office.

• Kindergarten registration for Edison elementary school is Monday through Friday in the central registration office at the administration building, 1500 Colvin Blvd. Call 871-2090 to make an appointment.

• The 27th annual Ken-Ton Sleepout for the needy, sponsored by Educators Totally Committed (E.T.C.) begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the Hoover Middle School parking lot off Sheridan Drive, between Colvin Boulevard and Delaware Road. Donations of cash, food, clothing, personal care and small furniture will be accepted between 7:45 and 9:45 p.m.; checks may be made payable to Ken-Ton Schools — E.T.C.

• Mount St. Mary Academy sponsors its third annual “A Night of Jazz” beginning at 7 Saturday in Banchetti By Rizzo’s Banquet Hall, 550 North French Road, Amherst, featuring many talented high school jazz groups. Tickets are $8 at the door. Food by Banchetti’s chefs will be available. For info and tickets, call Mount St. Mary Academy band director John J. Hathaway at 877-1358 or 689-1100.