Officials look at city improvements
by Denise Strub
Apr 05, 2013 | 1634 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community development and safety were highlights of city department head reports at this week’s Cleveland Board of Aldermen meeting.

Keith Christopher with ST Environmental, which manages the city’s water, said replacement of the old water meters continues and that he had been monitoring the work.

“I’ve noticed a lot of houses in Cleveland that don’t have numbers on them. It’s very frustrating and not isolated to any one area,” he said, adding that many of the houses that did have numbers couldn’t be read easily.

“It alarms me that a fire truck or ambulance, when time is of the essence, can’t find the number on the house. It could be a problem.”

Christopher was informed the city does have an ordinance requiring all houses to have legible numbers on them.

“Code enforcement needs to issue tickets for houses that don’t have numbers on them or readable numbers,” said Alderman Paul Janoush.

“It’s very important for fire protection,” said Mayor Billy Nowell.

City engineer Greg Korb said the new water meters should be active and all transmitting by the end of May.

He said repeaters have been placed on some stop signs to locate dead zones in transmitting.

Korb said he had looked at cost for garbage cans and benches along the walking trail and the bicycle trail.

He said he discovered from the company that the garbage cans presently there are supposed to have metal liners but Cleveland has plastic liners.

“They’re not sure why we don’t have the steel liners which slips inside the wood frame but they’re checking. Most of those were bought through grant money,” he said.

Korb said there were a variety of lids, which could be placed on top of the cans, and he is studying the issue.

He added new cans were average about $850 each.

Korb said he also researched benches for the trails and they cost about $1,000 and up.

“Maybe we could do one a year,” said Alderman Kirkham Povall. “I’m just trying to think about the merchants downtown. We have so many food places opening up.”

Community Development Director Brett Moorman suggested seeking out boys looking for an Eagle Scout project and perhaps they could build benches.

Lastly Korb expressed a need for a transportation committee for the city to evaluate streets and plan for the future.

He said the Mississippi Department of Transportation has funds available for road improvement but often when they call for road plans they want the plan right away.

“We need to work on North Bayou …,” said Janoush.

“It’s eligible,” replied Korb.

“It’s desperately needed. Somebody’s going to get killed,” continued Janoush.

Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham said he had surveyed businesses downtown concerning parking, which has been an ongoing study for the last two months.

Bingham said he believed that if business owners and employees parked in the spots next to Greenstrip there would be enough parking for patrons in front of stores.

It was also suggested that Cotton Row become a one lane road instead of two.

However no action was taken on any suggestion.