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Carrollton residents who live along Main Street requested that council put together a committee to address the erosion issue along the Ohio riverbank.
The group had previously attended the Feb. 8 Carrollton City Council meeting in which Main Street resident Jimmy Supplee requested council and Mayor Dwight Louden look for grants to address the erosion problems and improve the aesthetics of the riverfront.
“I think it needs to come from you as a council to put a plan together and talk with the (Army) Corps of Engineers to see what we can do about erosion on the riverfront, and I’m talking from 11th street to Point Park,” Supplee said.
Supplee, who lives at 805 Main Street, said residents have approached the Corps of Engineers in the past with requests for something to be done without success.
“There’s a couple of different ways that we can save our riverfront and it’s up to you as a council to start right now,” Supplee said. “Don’t worry about the next vote. Do what’s right for the community.”
At the Feb. 8 council meeting, Supplee had suggested using shot rock rather than planting grass along the riverfront to stop the spread of erosion.
Byron Rogers, who lives at 710 Main Street, emphasized to council that the issue will eventually affect all of downtown if not addressed.
“The problem is not downtown Carrollton right now, and this beautification program you all have got set up down here, that’s throwing good money away until you stop the flooding,” he said. “… What we’re trying to do today is going to save downtown Carrollton tomorrow. This is not just about us; it’s about downtown. Point us in the right direction so we’re not just spinning our wheels and coming back here with nothing.”
At the residents’ request, Louden asked City Attorney Nick Marsh to find someone to talk to with the Army Corps of Engineers. Council members Kevin Craig and Dean Miller Jr. said they would join the committee to address the erosion issue. Supplee said once the group meets to get a plan together, he would write up the proposal to submit.
“I’ve been on the river 64 years, and I’ve watched it and I know what it does,” he said. “… One of these days if we don’t do something now as a community, we’re going to keep losing and losing and losing. It’s time we got off our backsides and do something.”