Carthage's route to high-speed Internet service might run underground. The city has been approached by multi-national company I3 America. It says patented technology allows it to place fiber-optic cable in sewer lines.
The city and the company have agreed on a study by the company to be completed September 12th. Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the company has taken an initial look at the city's sewer system.
He says, “They're very interested. I think that they'll progress-that things will progress.”
The World of Wonder Park has provided outdoor fun for children in Carthage for nearly 20 years. It's started to show its age. The board for the private park wants to give it a facelift.
Board Chair Natalie Cole says the park's wooden structures require a lot of maintenance and a lot of volunteers to provide it. There aren't enough people to do the work to keep up the park's appearance.
Carthage is hopeful a switch of contractors will lead to the end of its responsibility for the old municipal landfill.
Indianapolis-based American Environment will take over monitoring the site. The company was the low bidder at $43,000 per year. It will also try to find a way to bring groundwater pollution levels into compliance with federal EPA regulations
Mayor Jim Nightingale hopes the firm brings " some new ideas out there that down the road we can present them to the EPA and get us out of the landfill business.”
Carthage will celebrate its 175th birthday in conjunction with the annual Fourth of July celebration. The celebration will last the entire week.
Community Development Director Bob Livingston said the community has enthusiastically embraced the celebration. Dozens of volunteer committees are shaping the event. The committees are looking to the past to find a symbol for the celebration.