The next phase of the sidewalk project in New Fairfield will start this week. In 2005, Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials conducted a study for the town. The study resulted in recommendations to increase the appeal and beautification of the center of New Fairfield that included sidewalks, plantings, and lighting, among other things. A Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant was secured to move forward with the next phase of this plan. The new sidewalks will connect shopping centers that are currently not connected with existing sidewalks. First Selectman Susan Chapman says the next phase of the project will further the plan for the Town center, but won’t complete it. She is looking to secure additional funding for future phases.