The New Castle Board of Public Works and Safety met for their second October meeting Monday.

Mayor Greg York and City Attorney Joel Harvey were present and Director of Public Works Dave Barker was absent.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier parade

The Board agreed to temporarily close Broad Street on Saturday morning for a parade welcoming a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a historic monument dedicated to deceased U.S. service members whose remains have not been identified. It is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. and will go from 11th to 15th Street on Broad and then will end at the Arts Park. Crossroads will be closed and barricaded along the parade route.

The parade will have representation from the New Castle Police and Fire Department. A lot of local businesses will also be participating in this parade, according to Mayor York.

Flushing Fire Hydrants

New Castle Water Superintendent Greg Phipps told the board of works that the city would be flushing fire hydrants this week. Phipps also mentioned that they are “way behind on flushing hydrants.”

Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. It ensures adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, residents and businesses. It also improves water quality by clearing iron and other mineral deposits from the water mains.

Phipps said the water will be safe to drink. However, residents should avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing times, as the flushed sediment could discolor white clothing.

Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. You should also avoid using hot water until the cold water runs clear.

Other business

New Castle Street Commissioner Lee Walker announced to everyone Monday that road salt has been ordered for this year. The Street Dept. hasn’t stored the salt yet because they are currently storing all of the County’s salt since the Henry County Highway Department is getting a salt structure put up to store their salt on site.

The city is currently storing 1,000 tons of county road salt until the structure is complete.

The Board was also presented a payment application from Brackney Inc. for their work on the combined sewer overflow (CSO) mitigation project.

Phase 3 of the project is currently going on. This is the third step of the four-part CSO mitigation project.

The CSO project is required by the state to make sure that a heavy rain in New Castle doesn’t cause sewer waste to dump into Big Blue River. Phase 3 is expected to be complete by Spring of 2022.

Harvey made the motion to accept these payment applications of $721,989.09. The motion was passed 2-0.