The south entrance to Carter Park will be closed and a remaining wall on one of the pillars will be removed as part of changes proposed by the Carthage City Council’s Public Services Committee.
Alan Bull, Carthage parks director, proposed the changes because trucks from Leggett & Platt’s wire mill have repeatedly hit and knocked down one of the walls next to the two pillars while trying to make the turn from westbound Chestnut Street onto northbound River Street.
The rock wall has been hit at least twice in the past four years.
Bull and Public Works Director Zeb Carney worked out the plans for the changes with the Public Services Committee over the past several weeks, and the committee recommended the full council approve the changes for a coast not to top the $3,800 the city will receive from Leggett & Platt’s insurance company.
Carney and Bull proposed:
• Closing the south entrance and adding a cul-de-sac inside the park and curb and guttering and landscaping to block the entrance.
• Cleaning up the damaged wall and cutting back the wall on the other side of the entrance to match. This would leave the two pillars and plaques in place.
Committee member Jason Shelfer suggested adding pedestrian crosswalks and a pedestrian entrance at the intersection and making the curbs compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act with ramps.
The committee agreed ask Carney to provided costs for the crossings and ramps.
The council will consider the proposal to close the entrance at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.
Public Works committee
Another committee voted to fast track a series of storm water improvements, now under construction on North Main Street near Schreiber Foods in the industrial bottoms area.
Public Works Director Carney recommended, and the committee agreed, to accept the low bid from Bennett Inc. for $362,785 to complete all three phases of a project to reduce flooding problems in the bottoms area.
Original plans had two of the three phases of the project being completed in the fiscal year that ends on June 30 and the third being completed next fiscal year.
Carney said the city budgeted $359,000 to complete the two phases planned for this year.
Carney said one phase of the project, to run a culvert under the railroad tracks between the bottoms and the Spring River, came in well under expectations. He also said there was enough money left from a number of other capital projects that came in under budget to push this project ahead more rapidly.
The other five bids ranged from $419,006 to $563,945.