Cannelton's bump-outs may soon disappear

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - Bump-outs in Cannelton may not be around much longer.

Common Councilwoman Lynn Fulkerson suggested at a regular meeting of the city's leadership Oct. 12 that Street Commissioner Charlie Davis could look at bump-outs on Washington Street to see if he could remove some and get a cost estimate for those he can't.

The decorative sidewalk extensions, installed as part of a "Main Street Project" in the mid-1990s, have enjoyed only sporadic upkeep. Some discussion about them occurred at a mid-September meeting.

"We're sending grass letters out to citizens," Fulkerson said at the more recent meeting, referring to notices of yard-appearance-ordinance violations, "but our bump-outs look like crap." She suggested a committee could be assembled "to make them all cohesive. They're very time-consuming to maintain. I'd like to get some kind of plan in place for next year."

She also suggested "it's been a while since Main Street (as many call Washington Street) has been paved. Do we need to look for a grant to get it all done?"

Davis noted any costs will have to include replacement of wheelchair ramps installed with some of the bump-outs. When the bump-outs were considered for removal in 2004, city leaders at the time were given an estimate of $20,000.

Davis was asked to have representatives of J.H. Rudolph estimate the cost of their removal when they're in the city to do some paving. He said Tuesday company representatives will be in the city Friday.

Mayor Smokey Graves said he was checking to see if Community Focus Fund money could be obtained to pay for the work.

"We haven't had anyone call and say they'd be disgruntled if (the bump-outs) are gone," he said.