The fate of the landscaped areas at the Main Street corners, called nodes, is uncertain but a consensus was expressed at the June 10th Cherokee City Council meeting that they would not be paved over, at least not most of the 28 nodes that were created during the major downtown renovation in 2003.
Another decision that was made on Tuesday was that Jim Agnitsch, the street department superintendent, would be the contact person regarding node maintenance. However, this does not mean the street department will be doing most of the maintenance on the nodes.
At one time, inmates from Rockwell City working for the city had kept the weeds cleaned from the nodes but the program which provided inmate workers was discontinued over two years ago. The growth of weeds in the nodes has been a subject of concern since that time.
One potential solution suggested at an earlier meeting was to pave over most or all of the nodes, perhaps placing a flowerpot in the center.
At the Tuesday meeting, Bob Leach, council member, explained that he had met with city employees to work out a suggested course of action. The suggested plan was that the street department could maintain the node on the four corners of the intersection of Main Street and Hwy 59 and possibly nodes at the west and east ends of the downtown area.
Other nodes could be sprayed to destroy any growth, matted and heavily mulched. This would be both less expensive and less permanent than concreting over the landscaped area. As organizations choose to adopt specific nodes and make a commitment to maintaining them, they can be re-landscaped.
Members of the Association for the Beautification of Cherokee present at the meeting urged the city to consider other options for maintaining the nodes.
It was agreed to form a committee to arrange maintenance of nodes. The committee would have representation by the city council, the street department, the ABC committee and the chamber of commerce.