City official are asking residents to provide feedback about a proposed plan that would fill the planter boxes along Main Street.
“One of the chief concerns is that we might have some elderly postal patrons fall into the deep planter boxes,” said City Administrator Ed Truelove. “I think we’ve actually had someone fall into a box.”
The city has proposed filling 24 planter boxes lining Main Street. The planter boxes, part of the comprehensive Main Street designed by BNIM Architects, were designed to catch rain, channeling it to sub-street holding tanks.
Truelove said though the boxes are in compliance with code requirements, the city feels they may pose a safety hazard.
He also said the city’s insurance company has expressed a concern about the planters, many of which are more than 12 inches deep.
“We have filled one of the boxes nearest the post office,” said Truelove. “Folks have told us it is the most critical for the numbers of visiting patrons. We would like to use that box as a test. We want to gauge the effectiveness of rain flow, if we ever get any rain, and to obtain citizen input. We want to know what people think about the aesthetics.”
The city has filled the box with river rock, which Truelove said should allow water to pass into under ground reservoirs while not being cost prohibitive. Other options include metal grating and fill dirt. “I think addressing the safety concerns, and filling in the planter boxes, is the right thing to do.”
Residents can reach the city offices at (620) 723-2751.