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By KEVIN KOELLING
CANNELTON – A survey that will help Cannelton leaders plan for downtown changes is ready for city residents to complete either online or on paper.
As the News reported March 7, the city has begun work toward developing a plan intended to spur development in the city and reflect its unique character. The focus will be on Washington Street, which city leaders often refer to as Main Street. Representatives of a landscaping-architecture and an engineering-architecture firm said at a Feb. 25 meeting they hoped to receive input from city residents before starting the plan, funded by a $30,000 grant from the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The survey is available at the Cannelton Foundation’s Web site, Cannelton.org, or paper copies can be obtained at City Hall. Its six questions seek opinions about what themes or “big ideas” need to be considered in the downtown revitalization plan and what aspects of downtown Cannelton people like the most and least.
It also asks about the kinds of activities, businesses and land uses residents want to see downtown and “what is the most significant fear you have for the future of downtown Cannelton?”
“For what reasons do you drive to Tell City?” the survey also asks.
The planners said at the Feb. 25 meeting they would visit the city again to walk its downtown streets and take pictures. Mayor Mary Snyder told the News Thursday that visit occurred March 12.
They’ll return in April to conduct a public meeting to discuss the survey results, she said.
Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth told the News Friday the planners will meet with a city steering committee April 16 and the public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 22 in City Hall.