South Court Street Sidewalk Project continues

Suzette Lowe
Jackson Newspapers

Both downtown Ripley and Ripley City Park continue to see improvements

At the June 16 meeting of Ripley City Council, Kevin Drinkwater requested permission to redo the radio-controlled car area of the park. He will present a proposed sketch at the next council meeting. Maintenance and cleaning will be taken care of by the radio group.

The South Court Street sidewalk paving project has made more progress. The conduit and bases for the light poles have been received. Kelly Paving will soon be working on the concrete for the sidewalks.

Recently Governor Jim Justice encouraged city governments to apply for funds from the CARES act to help cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. City Clerk Tom Armstead reported he submitted a request for funds to cover the March and April payroll for the city’s police officers.

The Ripley city pool reopened on June 15 too, in the words of Mayor Carolyn Rader, “a lot of smiles.”

“Everything opened smoothly and safely,” she reported. “Temperatures were taken and social distancing was followed as much as possible.”

The city is selling 15-day passes but no season tickets. Rader said there are currently five lifeguards but the pool manager was seeking to add more.

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

• Learned the contractor is waiting on the sheet piling to begin work on the south bank of the dam

• Learned that water loss for the water department is eight-percent

• Learned that the first submission for COVID-19 expenses had been submitted to the county commission

Council went into a closed-door executive session at 8:03 p.m. for purpose of litigation discussion. The executive session ended at 8:39 p.m. with no action taken.

The next Ripley City Council will be at 7 p.m. on July 7 in the Municipal Building.