Culvert’s safety drawing concern from city leaders
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2013 | 692 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Charleston City Commission agreed to place a sign next to the culvert on Wool Street to warn trucks weighing more than 12 tons to find an alternate route.

According to Melvin Graham, street department head, the culvert’s walls have steadily been eroded by flooding.

“On two support walls, there are cracks going down them,” Graham told the City Commission Tuesday night. “The main thing is at the bottom, where it is washed away. On one side, maybe about a quarter of the way back, it is really not sitting on anything, just little rocks.”

Mayor Walter Goode questioned whether the culvert needed to be replaced now as an act of prevention. Graham said while the culvert is in “bad shape” it is not in need of immediate attention. He assured the signs should protect the city against any liability in the case of a truck weighing more than 12 tons falling through.

Graham said the culvert is not a hazard to the general populace. Movement can only be seen when trucks weighing 12-plus tons cross the culvert. An alternative route for large trucks passing through the city has not yet been proposed.

The sign is expected to decrease the amount of commercial activity seen on Wool Street.

Goode asked Graham to give an update on the city park’s new playground.

Graham reported the playground passed its head-injury test.

“They test the fall height and they test the consistency and depth of the mulch in the playground,” Graham said. “They have a little ball they can input their standards in and simulate a fall. It registers three different readings from that. It lets you know if you have enough mulch in there right now.”

He said almost everything is complete on the playground, with the exception of ramps needed for wheelchair access. Picnic tables and benches have also been placed beside the park.

Goode suggested hosting a dedication for the park for the city and to honor those who helped.

Additional news discussed included: 

- Bradley County Fire-Rescue Chief Troy Maney said the departments were kept busy during October. He reported there were 97 calls last month with 19 of them from the Charleston Area.

- The mayor and commissioners encouraged someone from Charleston to look into running for the District 2 seat on the Bradley County Commission.

- Melissa Woody reported the recent Civil War re-enactment went very well. Everyone was cold, but a total of 300 students were able to visit the encampment in the city park. A total of 1,000 students were seen between the Cleveland and Charleston re-enactments.

n The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will meet Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m., at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center. Laura Spann, a Calhoun native, will be speaking. She will focus on some Civil War soldiers from the area.