Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2008

County likely won’t plow downtown portion of Main Street

December 11, 2008

Unless the 700 block of Main Street is paved sometime before Christmas, the Eudora Public Works Department will be responsible for paving Main Street from Sixth to Tenth streets.

Douglas County notified the city Dec. 2 that it would not be plowing the stretch of road because the crosswalks that protrude from the unfinished street would damage the plowing blades.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said it’s not possible to estimate the cost to the city because it all depends upon the amount of snowfall.

The employees who would operate the plows make an average of $17.46 per hour.

Beatty also had been unsure as to whether sand or salt would be used on sidewalks because of the type of sealant the city would use on them.

However, the sealant the city will use can be applied to sidewalks 48 hours after being installed.

While the sealant has been ordered, the city won’t receive it until two to four weeks from now. And even then, it cannot be applied to sidewalks until the surface temperature is at least 45 degrees. Sand will be used until then.

The mess that comes along with sand doesn’t concern downtown business owners as much as the safety hazard created by the lack of salt.

“The safety of people totally worries me,” said Bonnie Freeman, owner of Madame Hatter’s Tea Room, 702 Main St. “It will be detrimental to my business. I’m surprised they (the city) didn’t think ahead about this.”

Kaye Spitzli, co-owner of Quilting Bits and Pieces, said her sidewalk was in such horrible condition that she couldn’t even shovel it, so she’s happy to at least not have to deal with that this year.

“Most of our clientele are older ladies, so not salting the sidewalk is a hazard, but we’re so thankful that the work is getting done and it’s going to be beautiful.”

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