By DANIEL SUDDEATH
NEW ALBANY —
As a bitter winter subsides, part-time workers are taking to New Albany streets and right-of-ways to remove trash and trim weeds.
The New Albany City Council annually appropriates $50,000 to pay part-time employees to clean the city during the spring and summer months. With the Street Department responsible for other tasks, the council supported the hires as a way to address trash and unsightly areas of the city.
The council initially appropriated $75,000 a few years ago for the program, as a portion of the funds were used to purchase equipment such as a trailer and leaf blowers.
Five workers began cleaning up trash downtown last week.
“Once we get that downtown area cleaned up, we’ll go back to working on some of the places we worked last year,” Street Commissioner Mickey Thompson said Wednesday.
He emphasized crews will work throughout the city, not just in a few areas.
Once warmer weather takes hold, crews will cut weeds in addition to removing trash, Thompson continued.
Street sweeping to begin
Notices placed on vehicle windshields this week reminded some New Albany residents that the street sweeping season begins next week.
Starting on Tuesday, those reminders will be replaced with parking tickets, as motorists are required to move their vehicles on days when the street sweeper combs through their neighborhood.
The street sweeping season in New Albany runs from April 1 through Oct. 1.
Pothole repairs in full swing
The street department has moved from placing temporary cold patches in potholes to filling the gaps with asphalt.
Thompson said crews have been busy repairing potholes since asphalt plants reopened in recent weeks. He anticipates most potholes on New Albany streets should be filled by the end of April, depending on the weather.
“Anytime it rains, you can’t do it, because if there’s water in the potholes, the asphalt won’t stick,” Thompson said.
To report a pothole, call the street department at 812-948-5352.