NEW ALBANY —
Minor preparations for an Independence Day celebration and concerns about trash in downtown streets were heard by the New Albany Board of Public Works at a recent meeting.
Christopher Gardner, flood control supervisor, said the city wanted to close off Water Street along the east and west parking lots near the Riverfront Amphitheater from 6 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, July 3.
He said before the closure, the city would post signs in the area as well as distribute fliers on cars parked there beforehand.
Michael Hall, director of operations for the city, said the event will have live music, a penny arcade for children as well as other entertainment.
The board approved the closure unanimously.
Pam Peters, a downtown business owner, said she was embarrassed at the amount of trash in the downtown streets when she went to dinner with friends from Louisville recently.
She said trash collects in the gutters and along the curb even though street sweepers come through.
“It really looks to me like the support system for downtown in the city is there, but it hasn’t caught up somehow with all the people moving down and the cars parking,” Peters said.
Mickey Thompson, street commissioner and board member, said street sweepers make their way through every other Friday at about 4 a.m. He said they try to make it downtown before cars begin parking in streets and blocking their access to the curb.
Peters said she’d like to see more frequent street sweepings, as well as signage to warn motorists of when street sweepers come through. Thompson said the frequency of the street sweepers is dictated by the street department’s budget and staffing levels.
Peters also said she’s seen some of the garbage cans around the city that haven’t been emptied for a long time. Thompson said the garbage is collected three times a week, but their contractor, Southern Indiana Waste, picks them up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Warren Nash, board president, said the board may need to review some of its policy on garbage pickup.