As sidewalk work on South Elk Avenue continues, the Fayetteville TN Police Foundation is raising funds to purchase a utility vehicle for the police department to help them patrol the greenway that will connect the square with Stonebridge Park.
As the greenway is extended across the Elk River to Camp Blount, the utility vehicle will be small enough to cross the pedestrian bridge.
Phase I Greenway construction will be completed in six months. Close behind is Phase II to Camp Blount. Phase III funding has been secured to continue the greenway with a Riverwalk from Camp Blount to the commercial area on Huntsville Highway.
“The police department supports more than 40 special events each year, such as street festivals, charity walks and races. We anticipate that many races and walks will originate at Stonebridge Park and will use the greenway. The utility vehicle will increase interaction with the public while ensuring the safety of pedestrians,” said Suzanne Wagar, Foundation president.
“The utility vehicle will be black, seat six, with a cargo area for cones and other equipment. We will equip it with the police logo, a light bar, radio and siren. We solicit the support of businesses and citizens to help purchase the vehicle. Your donation is a way to show your gratitude to the police department for protecting us every day.”
Donations may be sent to the Fayetteville TN Police Foundation, P.O. Box 214, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations have been received from First Commerce Bank, First National Bank, Alderman Dorothy Small, Mayor Michael Whisenant, Lindsey Galyen, Patricia Hopper, Bob and Sherry Stidfole, Jeff McCollum, Battle Bagley III, John and Faye Hill, Ray Fraley, Kona Ice, Steve Swindall and Storey Accounting and Bookkeeping, Carter’s Drug Store, Rob Phraner, Jeff Mathis, Strong Brothers Liquor Store, Mike Wetherington, Don Wyatt, Run Lincoln County, William Lewis, Small & Small Oil Company, Spray’s Jewelry, David Kidd and anonymous donors.
The Foundation also acknowledges the contributions of all the players, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who support their annual Kickball Tournament. Proceeds from the 2019 tournament will be used to help fund the utility vehicle purchase.
In 2018, the Foundation gave the FPD a radar speed sign with a large message board that is trailer mounted. The police deploy it where needed around the city to calm traffic and provide information or caution warnings to motorists. It was used in July to remind drivers about the state law requiring hands-free driving, during the February flooding to divert motorists around flooded streets and daily to slow traffic in school zones or as motorists enter the city on area highways.
The Fayetteville TN Police Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization formed to support efforts that enhance police/community relations, crime prevention and public safety through funding for specialized equipment, training and community programs.