City Park gets electrical upgrade

GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Park will be seeing the rest of its electrical upgrades installed over the course of the week, according to City Manager Gene Greene, with electrical conduit lining the park’s Court Street and Second Avenue sides.

It’s all part of funding granted by the state’s Capital Budget Bill.

An estimated $150,000 was set aside for the park after local entities approached state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, and state Sen. Bob Peterson, R-Sabina. The capital budget hones in on the needs of state government, schools and economic development within Ohio settlements. Fund were fist put towards park infrastructure in late spring and early summer of 2016.

According to Greene and Jay Crisenbery, of Crisenbery Electric, four total power boxes will be installed over small pits with power connections. The boxes allow for around 50 to 60 amps of power to flow. The boxes are intended to help power the needs of vendors and machines at large events such as Gallipolis River Recreation. Greene said the boxes functioned somewhat like power strips.

The first half of the electrical upgrades to the park a few years ago cost an estimated $27,000, Greene said.

Restorations to the bandstand and Kerr Fountain Memorial are also expected to be funded by the capital budget. City officials are still in the process of finding the appropriate professionals to repair and maintain the Gallipolis landmarks.

Greene said the upgrades make events like Gallipolis River Recreation, and especially Gallipolis in Lights, possible. Previously, vendors and park visitors were plugging into energy connections in nearby light poles and smaller power outlets near park benches and the bandstand.

Power boxes are removed and added as needed for city functions. Greene said large events in the park could jump the city’s power bill by a few thousand dollars depending on the season, frequency of events and event type.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

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Crisenbery Electric digs a ditch to lie conduit for Gallipolis City Park electrical upgrades. Electric digs a ditch to lie conduit for Gallipolis City Park electrical upgrades. Courtesy photo

By Dean Wright