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Cruise-In dates, White Estates topics at Board of Works

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Calendars may have said January but New Castle Board of Public Works and Safety members had spring and summer on their minds when they met Monday morning.

Broad Street Cruise-In events, 1400 Plaza updates and the White Estates Sewer Project were all discussed during the short meeting.

Brenda Grider, speaking on behalf of the New Castle Broad Street Cruise-In organization, said when 1400 Plaza is completed, their events will be moved there. But until then, she asked for and received permission to continue conducting the cruise-ins and car shows at Main and Broad Streets.

Grider said the popular group would have cruise-ins from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from April until October. The group’s annual car show is planned for the first Saturday in July with registration at 10 a.m.

“I wouldn’t plan on 1400 Plaza being done for April’s event,” Mayor Greg York said. “We’ll work with you on when the plaza is ready for use.”

York said he would attend the next cruise-in planning committee meeting and update the group on 1400 Plaza plans and progress. Restroom facilities and plenty of electrical capacity should make the plaza an ideal place for the cruise-in events, according to York.

Meanwhile, Dave Barker, director of public works, told city officials that “if the weather holds out” work will begin on the White Estates sewer project next week.

“The guys should start rolling in and getting set up,” Barker said. “I don’t know how much they’ll get done but they will move in and get equipment in place.”

In other business, New Castle Fire Chief Mark Boatright encouraged city officials to wish fireman Bill Sutherland a happy retirement. Sutherland retired Monday after two decades of service.