Jamestown Twp. celebrates new path, deputy who made it possible

Jamestown Township path
Community members walk down the newly paved pathway leading from a Jamestown Township neighborhood to Jamestown Elementary. (Oct. 27, 2016)


JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A battle with cancer didn’t stop an Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputy from celebrating a bike path she helped bring to Jamestown Township.

Deputy Sarah Flick joined community members Thursday to celebrate the opening of the path off 24th Street. The passage connects a small neighborhood off the busy street to nearby Jamestown Elementary.

Flick has served as Jamestown Township’s community police officer for nearly a decade now.

“It took them a while to adjust to me. If I saw them mowing their lawn I’d get off and talk to them and they would be like, ‘What are you doing here?’ And then we became, we all were on the same page,” said Flick.

Three years ago, residents of the neighborhood called Flick asking how they could get a path along 24th Avenue so they could safely ride their bicycles and walk outside the neighborhood.

Flick formed a work group with community members to research grant options for the project. However because of certain grant requirements, the project still would have been too expensive with the grant. So the group put together a project plan and presented it to the Jamestown Township Board, which approved it 7-0.

Jamestown Township path
The newly paved pathway leading from a Jamestown Township neighborhood to Jamestown Elementary. (Oct. 27, 2016)

“She constantly goes above and beyond for the community, for the children. This is a perfect example of that. She didn’t have to spend all those hours working on this sidewalk for our children but she did it because she loves our community,” said neighbor Tina Monahon. “It’s because of her that we’re all here today.”

Recently the community has been missing Flick. She has been on medical leave, fighting cancer.

But Flick was there Thursday, joined by her family from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the families she helped.

“It’s great, I can’t even put it into words. You have a whole community, a whole subdivision walking to school today because of that pathway,” Flick said.