Cannelton needs new Christmas decorations

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Council discusses redistricting, greenway, sewer

CANNELTON – Cannelton utility workers were preparing to hang Christmas decorations along city streets, the chief of that department reported at a common-council meeting Nov. 12, but the ornaments “are kind of on their last legs.”

Mayor Mary Snyder said she thought the city’s American Legion post had provided them, but Councilman and Legion member Emory Yaggi said he didn’t remember them doing so.

“It’s not a priority,” Utilities Superintendent Phillip Ball said, “but they make the city look nice.” He added that employees were piecing the decorations together.

Yaggi suggested finding some organization in town willing to solicit donations to buy new ones.

“A lot of companies would give if you send them a letter,” he said.

“We’ll look around and see who’s not doing anything,” the mayor said.

Ball said it’s not necessary to push for donations this year, but it would be good to do for future years.

In other business, the council voted to adopt an ordinance permitting walkers, those with leashed pets, bicyclists and users of regular or electric wheelchairs to enjoy the city’s new greenway. Other motorized vehicles, skateboards and scooters will be prohibited. The city’s attorney, John Werner, is working to draft another ordinance on camping near the concrete trail after a man the mayor described as a “squatter” was said to have scared some trail users.

Snyder said signs would be posted with the new rules.

The council also approved a redistricting ordinance Werner said retains the current district lines and council representatives. Municipal officials are required to consider redistricting every 10 years after census counts are completed.

Council members also agreed to sign two agreements related to the improvement of River Road to give trucks direct access to the Port of Tell City from Indiana 66. Cannelton officials had to sign off on the relocation of a sewer line taking Cannelton’s output to Tell City for treatment. One agreement covers engineering and the other, the actual construction work, Werner said.

Tell City is the lead agency for the River Road project, and “after extensive discussions” with officials there, they decided the sewer relocation would be done at no cost to Cannelton, the lawyer said. The work is estimated to cost $45,000, and “originally Cannelton would have had to pay, then get reimbursed,” he explained. “After we expressed concerns, they found a different kind of agreement that wouldn’t require us to pay anything.”