A revamped radio-controlled car area will be in place at Ripley City Park sometime in August. Kevin Drinkwater from the Outcast RC Club presented the plan to Ripley City Council at its July 7 meeting.

Admitting that there were some issues with last year’s venture, Drinkwater assured council members that “all new people except for one are involved and are willing to work.”

Plans are to clean the asphalt off and make a drift track. Most of the tracks will be behind the dam wall hidden from view. Any maintenance and cleaning will be the responsibility of the club.

“We will be charging a fee for entries,” Drinkwater explained. “This will be used for upkeep and maintenance.”

A proposal for a probationary period which will include maintenance and establishing an agreement holding the city harmless for any injuries was approved.

Two pieces of good news were delivered by city attorney Kevin Harris. A CARES Act payment of $92,000 was received for expenses related to COVID-19. The public hearing by the Jackson County Commission required before proceeding on the minor boundary adjustment for the property on Academy Drive will take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12.

Council also approved Kelly Paving to proceed with installing a new sidewalk on the east side of South Court Street. The approximate cost will be $40,000.

Mayor Carolyn Rader had high praise for all those involved with the Fourth of July celebrations, including those who attended the parade and concerts.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our city and its people,” she said. “We did everything humanly possible to make it safe. Televising did help to control the crowds. But those who attended were very cooperative in maintaining social distance.”

Rader expressed great appreciation for police and emergency service personnel.

“The heat was brutal,” she said. “But they toughed it out during the parade and at the drive-in concerts. Attendees really seemed to like the way those were done this year.”

In other business, council members John McGinley, Carolyn Waybright, Rick Buckley, Bryan Thompson, Danny Snyder, and Recorder David Casto:

• Approved a budget revision in the amount of $1,684 for the coal severance fund

• Learned from Jim Mitchum that the lighting and fencing portion of the grant for the water plant has been completed with cameras still to be installed

• Learned that the cement work for the South Court Street project is completed and light poles should be coming soon

• Approved Cheryl Donohoe’s appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals

The next city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on July 21, at the municipal building.