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New Vienna Sidewalks To Be Funded By Late Council Member's Trust

Patch logo Patch 1/14/2020 Emily Leayman
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VIENNA, VA — A late Vienna council member's trust will provide funding to install new sidewalks in the town. left the bulk of her estate to the Town of Vienna for the specific purpose of building sidewalks, over a five-year period. Maud Robinson, the wife of late mayor Charles Robinson, left the majority of her estate to fund sidewalks in areas where they're not being planned or funded.

Maud Robinson died on March 11, 2019, following the death of her husband Charles Robinson on Jan. 3, 2000. The estate has not yet been settled, but the part funding the new sidewalks will likely total over $7 million. Robinson also left $50,000 to the town for beautification efforts.

"These sidewalks—and others—help connect places, but, more importantly, they connect the community. Maud and Charlie were all in for the Town of Vienna," Mayor Laurie DiRocco. "We’re grateful that this is how Maud, out of her deep sense of public service and commitment to the Town, chose to pass on her legacy to the Vienna community."

The Town of Vienna's current sidewalks total over 85 miles. Officials are working to identify possible locations for the new sidewalks. These streets must have curbs and gutters, and residents on the streets will be contacted and asked to provide feedback.

Town Council could consider the first streets for sidewalk additions as soon as its Jan. 27 meeting.

Robinson's trust is expected to provide funding for new sidewalks over five years. Officials anticipate the funding could add up to 3.3 miles in additional sidewalks throughout the town. Public Works Director Michael Gallagher estimates that the process from identifying streets to opening the sidewalks could take up to two years.

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