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Snowmelt extension talk frigid

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:48 PM

City Council nixed a $3,500 study to determine engineering costs for extending the system, in effect ending the issue. The cost would have been split between the city and the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority.

The measure to go ahead with the study failed when just two of the five members of council supported it Monday night.

“I’ve said all along that I am not supportive of this (and) I’ve not changed my mind,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “I don’t want to spend the taxpayers’ money when there is no support to do the project.”

McCaleb also said the city had a good idea of what the costs would be for extending the snowmelt, based on what was done in the downtown area when the system was installed there.

Councilman John Hierholzer also opposed the study.

“I am not going to support this because the city will get no (benefit) out of it,” he said. “I think we’re flushing $1,750 down the sewer.”

Of eight Centertown business owners responding to a city survey, only three said they wanted snowmelt, City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

Centertown business owners attending council's meeting Monday night sang a different tune.

Scott Bekins, owner of Bekins Appliances, 735 Washington Ave., said money was invested into the original snowmelt project to make sure that it had the capability to extend it to Centertown and beyond.

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