Board confirms road closure

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - "It's the rainiest season of the year," Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said at a special meeting of the city's board of public works and safety April 21. "We can't do something and then watch it wash away."

The meeting was called to discuss unstable ground in the Clifton Heights area and what to do about its effect on city roads there. As they had already done at an April 13 meeting, before they had an opportunity to visit the area, the board opted to temporarily close it to through traffic to await better weather.

Board member Adam Goffinet was unable to attend the April 21 meeting, so only the mayor and board member John Yaggi were present to address the problem.

Abandoning the road had been suggested as one of the city's options, but city attorney Chris Goffinet explained in a previous meeting it's a lengthy process. The mayor didn't see it as a viable alternative.

"We just absolutely cannot vacate that thing," he said at the recent meeting. He had spoken to the city's police and fire chiefs, he added, and they felt access would not be a problem with the temporary closure.

Engineers hired by Kenny McFall, who owns a home in the area, are satisfied no more significant shifting of ground will occur.

Street Commissioner Charlie Davis said he'd post signs to let the public know the road is closed to through traffic.