GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission once again gathered Tuesday evening to discuss a variety of topics ranging from standard town maintenance to a newly installed traffic diversion program.
According to Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene’s report, maintenance crews fixed a sinkhole at the intersection of First Avenue and Spruce Street and blacktopped the section of repair. Another sinkhole has been discovered at First Avenue and Cedar Street’s intersection. The hole has also been repaired. Traffic lights in town have also been replaced. City work on Gallipolis Developmental Center water lines has continued as the center attempts to make the move to utilizing city water. Paperwork has been sent to the state in order to move the process forward. For City Park upgrades, the city has finished its paperwork and applications and is awaiting approval from the state before improving the park’s electrical system. Greene said he was unsure that work would be done before the Gallipolis River Recreation Festival near Independence Day weekend in order to avoid conflicts.
The swimming pool has had steady attendance and lessons have started for children.
“This looks like it may be the best year in a while we’ve had for pool attendance,” said Greene. “We’re really happy with that.”
The park front water access project is nearing total completion. Greene said there may be enough money left over from the budget for the project to create a set of stairs leading down from the Court Street area to the pavement in the public access area off First Avenue. Bids would open soon for construction contractors.
“Parking tickets have not been raised for years,” said Greene. “It costs us to have an officer out there writing a ticket. I want to bring an ordinance to raise the price on parking tickets to at least $10, perhaps at the next meeting.”
According to City Solicitor Adam Salisbury, the municipal court puts on a traffic diversion program now which allows for drivers to potentially pay money to take a class in order to avoid points on an offender’s license after committing a ticketable offense.
According to City Clerk Annette Landers’ report, the Gallipolis Train Freight Station Museum seeks to be able to utilize subsidized water from the city as has been tradition with other historical society’s throughout town.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.
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