PDT Staff Writer
One of the many city-owned properties sitting unattended may just have a use after all. During the Aug. 13 meeting of the city’s Parks, Recreation, Service, Buildings and Cultural Committee meeting, City Waterworks Director Sam Sutherland said if City Council could release some of the CIP (Capitol Improvement) funds to put a roof on the Adelphia building on Washington Street, the water department could utilize it.
“Ultimately what I’d be looking at is to move the Waterworks office where they collect water bills, and our Pipe Yard facility and get those guys out of that Naval Reserve, and put it all over in there,” Sutherland said. “I think it is something that could happen. Just put the Waterworks office over there where Waterworks bills could be paid there. You’ve got that drive-through window that could be rehabbed. People could drive through, pay their bills. And we could put the Pipe Yard in the back of it. It wouldn’t be so visible, but they’re there.”
Sutherland said another plus for the Adelphia building is the parking availability.
Sutherland was quick to add that a lot of things would need to fall into place before that move would be a possibility, but he did talk about the deteriorating conditions at the Naval Reserve on Charles Street where his workers work every day.
“It’s bad,” Sutherland said.
He said that Water Department employees would be able to do the interior work that would make the building usable for office space.
Various other ideas were discussed about what to do with some of the City’s properties. And it was suggested that they contact Scioto County Auditor David Green for a list of city owned property.
Saddler subsequently made a list of those properties available to committee members via e-mail.
The committee met in the James R. Saddler Veterans Hall at the James Dickey Post 23, American Legion with the following committee members present: Rich Saddler, chairman; Sammie Ishmael, parks chairman; Casey Glenn and Kismet Bratchett, recreation and cultural co-chairmen; Sutherland, building chairman; Allison Kalb and Paul Penix, Jr. Bill Beaumont, service committee, was absent.
Glenn and Bratchett announced that they were combining their recreation and cultural sub-committees and also added Bobbie Bratchett to their committee. They also said they will investigate getting a person to write grants for entertainment, and suggested entertainment ideas such as movies in the park, and to have vendors pay a setup fee. Another suggestion was to promote local Native American mounds.
Penix suggested having a battle of the bands on the riverfront, advertise in the media that the parks can be rented, have money making activities in the stadium, and get a list of fees from Beaumont and he suggested raising the amount of the various rental fees.
Ishmael made a report on the Parks Subcommittee: reporting that Mound Park needs a lot of attention. The wooden playset needs many repairs. Penix said he understood that the Scioto Foundation has $32,000 in a fund for maintenance of that playset, and that the contact person for the fund is Eric Braun at Shawnee State University. Ishmael suggested that a Boy Scout troop be contacted to paint the playset in the park at the stadium and to see about getting paint donated. She also indicated that trash should be picked up in the parks at least twice a week and that getting help from volunteers would be needed.
Saddler suggested starting a program called “Adopt a Block” which would work in conjunction with the Service Department. Each of the cities wards would have precinct captains to help get volunteers in each of their neighborhoods. They would help to encourage their neighbors to cut grass at any vacant lots, schedule litter pickups, help the elderly and disabled to make home repairs and maintain their properties, clean up various alleys and to implement any other ideas that would help improve the City’s Neighborhoods.
Saddler said ODOT has a program called “Adopt a Highway” and that it could be modeled after it by posting signage in each neighborhood recognizing the individuals for their contributions.
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