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CANNELTON - Cannelton city leaders learned recently improvements planned for Indiana 66 from there to Tell City will include a sidewalk, making life easier for the many people they say walk the route.
"We got preliminary plans from the state for Highway 66 improvements," Jerry Ball reported at a regular meeting of the city's board of public works and safety Monday. The sewer-department superintendent said sidewalks on both sides of the highway, within city limits which is the city's Seventh Street, will also undergo work.
"That would serve a lot of people," Councilman and works-board member Adam Goffinet said of a sidewalk between the cities. "A lot of people walk to Wal-Mart."
Mayor Smokey Graves said he showed Indiana Department of Transportation representatives the foot traffic constitutes "a steady stream of people."
A state Web site where INDOT's plans can be viewed shows the agency plans to improve Indiana 66 in 2011 from a point near Indiana 37 to one near Indiana 237.
In other road-related business, the board approved the paving of portions of five city streets. They'd met Sept. 30 to determine how much work they could do with available money. The resulting list included a partial paving of the alley running from Taylor to Washington street between Second and Third streets, Second Street from Taylor nearly to Hafele Street, and Mine Avenue from the Ohio River bridge to the Bell Hollow Road sign. Also, portions of Cannelton Heights Road and Polk Street, where it intersects Indiana 66.
Their original estimate of the projects' cost was $92,000, but Street Commissioner Charlie Davis said that was based on treating each road as a separate project, which would have included move-in costs for the heavy equipment J.H. Rudolph Paving Co. would have incurred. He told a company representative all of the work could be done as one effort, and the city could provide a place to put millings, and the price dropped to $72,840.
The city council accepted Rudolph's bid later in the evening.
"Looks like we'll get some paving done," the mayor quipped.
Davis said the job would go to a company scheduler, and once begun could be done in two weeks.
Ball also reported an inspector from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management had declared the city's lift stations "both unsafe to enter for work or inspections." He noted renovations on them are included in a long-term control plan the city is working to fund.
"When they come in, they've got to write you up for something," he added.
Davis asked if the city has an ordinance requiring residents to keep grass clippings and other yard debris out of city gutters so they don't get washed into and clog storm sewers. Graves believed the city had rules in place that would permit violators to be fined. "It seems like there have been citations issued in the past," he said.
City Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth said Friday Cannelton Ordinance 4-10-010 had been located. It authorizes a $25 fine to be assessed for each day a violation remains.