A new set of stairs planned for Burchfield Nature & Art Center will make access easier from the small parking area closest to the building.
Last Monday, the Town Board authorized the purchase and installation of built-in steps from The Vinyl Outlet at a cost of $7,908.
“We’re putting the staircase right into that hill,” Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan said. Eventually, a fourth parking space will be added to that location, as well as a striped walking area.
The stairs will be 8 feet wide and span 14 feet, from top to bottom. They’ll have an especially deep tread – enough to accommodate someone using a walker – and will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Nine solar “bird cage” light on posts will illuminate the staircase.
Installation is expected to occur within the next week or so, with the parking and walking spaces to come next year.
Also this week:
• The exhibit of entries to the annual photography contest sponsored by Burchfield Nature & Art Center wraps up next Sunday, Dec. 29, when the People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at 2 p.m. The center will be closed Monday through Wednesday, and again on New Year’s Day.
• A regular meeting of the town board begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, in council chambers at town hall, 1250 Union Road. A public hearing will continue on changes to the town’s waste law, in connection with the use of garbage and recycling totes.
• The town board’s annual organizational meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. 2, at which time new Councilman William P. Hanley will take his seat on the board.