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Works board discusses fallen trees

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Lawyer says property owners responsible

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

CANNELTON – A tree described as “like a big pine tree” broke, sending a part onto a sidewalk near Fifth and Madison streets, Cannelton Board of Public Works member and City Councilwoman Lynn Fulkerson reported at a regular meeting of that body Aug. 11.

“It’s kind of on their house, too,” Mayor Mary Snyder added, referring to residents of the property.

Fulkerson said another tree in the area has buckled the sidewalk.

“I don’t know who takes care of that,” she added. “Do we need to cut it down?”

City Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth offered to send a letter normally used to notify residents their grass is taller than a city ordinance permits, modified to address the tree issues.

Fulkerson said she didn’t know who should be held accountable.

“Is it the property owner, or is it our responsibility because it’s between the sidewalk and the street?” she asked.

“Property lines run all the way to the street,” city attorney John Werner said, “so it would be the property owners’ responsibility.”

Working in the dark

Power to the building was interrupted, leaving the meeting attendees in the dark. Bozarth recalled another meeting that was plunged into darkness. Its participants were discussing replacement of an Indiana 66 bridge at Rocky Point. The News counted more than 60 people in attendance, with more standing out of view outside both doors to the council room. That work is under way.

“Anyway, that’s just a concern,” Fulkerson said, illuminated with only cell-phone light, “that tree, because it is on the sidewalk, the one tree where the house is.”
Werner said sending a “weed letter … would be a good start.”

Fulkerson said a house at 501 Dodge Street should get letters noting their grass and trash spilled into the yard were in violation of city rules.

Street closure

The Cannelton Foundation asked that Washington Street from Seventh to Fourth Street, and “all of the side streets to the first alley” be closed for its Heritage Festival Oct. 11, the mayor reported.

Noting it was “what we’ve always closed in the past,” Fulkerson offered a motion, which drew unanimous support.

Chris Blake hoped to schedule a tailgate party to close out the season for his miniature-golf course Sept. 20, the mayor also said. He asked that First Street from Taylor to Washington streets be closed for that event.

“That’ll be nice for the putt-putt golf people,” Fulkerson said after offering another motion. which was also approved unanimously.

The mayor asked a lone audience member if she had any business for the board to consider.

“No, I just put in my notes, ‘bring flashlight next time,’” Amanda Kennedy replied, eliciting laughter from the officials.