Ravenswood officials recently discussed some upcoming projects they would like to see completed in the near future.
The discussion took place during a 7 p.m. city council meeting last Tuesday.
Mayor Josh Miller recently asked city council members to come up with a few ideas for projects they would like to see completed during their council terms. During Tuesday’s meeting, council members reported these ideas.
Councilman Nick Fox said his main concerns were infrastructure and pay raises for employees, but he also wants to create a working relationship between the city and the high school council.
“I would like to, if possible, delegate some small responsibilities to them – get them involved,” he said.
Councilwoman Amanda Slaven said she was particularly interested in the city’s historic landmarks.
Councilwoman Dee Scritchfield said she wants to see several accessibility projects completed, including a way to make the NYA Hall accessible for individuals with wheelchairs or other special needs. She also said she wants to ensure the wheelchair lift at the city pool is repaired or replaced.
Councilwoman Denise Toler said she enjoys working on the Harvest in the Wood Festival, which is coming up the last weekend of September. Other than that, she also wants to implement a program that provides mowing assistance for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Councilman Steve Tucker said he is interested in helping make improvements to the baseball field.
“They’ve got some legitimate concerns over there,” Tucker said including the need for a new concession stand, covered batting cages and a club house.
City Recorder Jared Bloxton said he would like to see park bathroom improvements as well as improvements to the city’s tennis courts. In addition, he would like to see the construction of a shelter over the bocce ball court at Riverfront Park.
“I know we could get that funded,” he said of the bocce ball project.
Miller said he was interested in seeing the creation of a farmer’s market at Riverfront Park. It would be beneficial if the city could find a way to provide a vendor area equipped with utilities and infrastructure.
Miller also said downtown revitalization was one of his areas of interest. He would like to find a way to work with downtown property owners to improve their buildings.
“It can change the whole perception of your town,” Miller said.
• Arnold Bradley and Tim Yates reported they were able to obtain a memorial stone for Corky McCorkle, which will be placed at Washington Riverfront Park. The stone was donated by Joe Roush of Roush Funeral Home.
• Maintenance supervisor Bob Huffman reported has a job opening in the department. One of the maintenance department’s CDL drivers is moving on to another position.
“We’re going to need to replace him. He was a low-key guy with a good attitude and was dependable – the kind you hate to lose,” Huffman said.
Huffman reported it is a struggle to fill positions in the department with qualified individuals. And while he receives many applications from individuals who live outside the county, city ordinance requires employees live in Jackson County. This is counterproductive since an employee who lives in Kenna would technically live farther away from the city than an employee who lived across the river in Meigs County, Ohio.
“We struggle to fill these positions anyway. I would like to see if that is something we can change,” Huffman said.
Mayor Josh Miller said it would be appropriate to have Steve Cogar draft a proposed change to the ordinance to be presented at the council’s next meeting.
• Councilwoman Denise Toler said the city needs to determine when to conduct the annual Christmas Parade. The Ohio River Festival Committee is usually in charge of the event but has elected not to head up the project this year. Toler said said officials should conduct brainstorming sessions in the near future to organize this year’s event.
• The city will conduct a town-hall meeting sometime in mid-October to present the public with information on upcoming infrastructure projects, including a proposal for a new water treatment system.
Miller said discussions on infrastructure will be on the city council’s meeting agendas “from here on out.” These are major projects that are long overdue and the city wants to be as informative and transparent as possible, he said.