Public invited to join police, firefighters, other volunteers in sidewalk work Tuesday

Published 1:07 pm Monday, July 19, 2010

Columbus councilwoman Ernie Kan last Thursday night announced she is getting some much needed help on her mission to fix the brick sidewalk surrounding the courthouse in Columbus.

Kim Pack, administrative assistant with the Polk County Sheriffs Office, has coordinated a volunteer effort involving law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency service personnel and rescue squad volunteers who will work on the project tomorrow night beginning at 7 p.m.

Kan said tomorrow nights effort is expecting to bring more than 30 volunteers and she is very thankful for the help. The public is also invited to join in the effort tomorrow or on other days. Tomorrow nights effort will include a cookout for those working.

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Kan began the completely volunteer project to fix the sidewalk, one brick at a time, she says. She told fellow council members a couple of months ago that the town needs to fix the uneven and dangerous sidewalk and offered to take on the project herself.

She and several volunteers from the community have been working on the project since the first of June. They usually begin at 6:15 a.m. daily.

Kan estimates that it will take a few more months to do the entire sidewalk.