Even being hospitalized didn’t stop local businessman Mosco Cash from addressing Harrison aldermen Thursday night and offering money to pay to have Main Street returned to a four-lane street.
Cash has been a very vocal critic of the “road diet” since a split council voted in 2011 to take over Main Street from the north end of the Main Street bridge over Lake Harrison to the north interchange, then restripe it into two lanes with a turning lane from Stephenson Avenue to about the Spruce Street intersection.
When City Council committees met Thursday night, Mayor Dan Sherrell said Cash had been scheduled to be on the agenda but he was hospitalized and couldn’t attend. So, he sent Kim Rosson in his place.
Rosson said Cash really wanted aldermen to hear his message Thursday night.
“He did not want to wait until November,” Rosson said.
So, Rosson said, she shot a video on her phone of Cash offering his message from his hospital bed.
Cash, with oxygen lines running to his nose, told aldermen that the two-lane street has reduced people going downtown by two-thirds.
Aldermen in July didn’t take action on a similar request from Cash, at least partially because of the expense involved. But Cash made the city an offer.
He said in the video that he had been collecting money from people who share his view on Main Street. Some donations have been as little as $1 or as much as $50 or more.
Cash said he personally would make up the difference above donations to pay for restriping the street to four lanes as it was for years in the past.
He continued saying he was making the offer to help his friends and neighbors.
“I’m doing this for the people on Main Street and downtown,” Cash said, adding that some businesses will go out of business if Main Street remains as it is.
The council had earlier this year been presented with estimates of costs for three options should the council want to restripe the street.
Those estimates showed it would cost:
• $85,000 to restripe Main from Central Avenue to Spruce. That proposal would include curb, gutter and sidewalk work.
• $23,250 from Propect Avenue to Spruce — the idea Alderman Johnny Savage had proposed.
• $20,000 from Bower Avenue to Spruce.
Sherrell said he wasn’t sure which of those options Cash preferred, but Rosson said Cash mentioned the $23,000 figure to her.
Sherrell then asked aldermen if they had anything to add to the discussion. None did, although Mitch Magness asked Rosson to offer the council’s thanks to Cash for his time.
At the July meeting, aldermen indicated they were “done” with the issue.
The full council regularly meets the third Thursday night of each month. Thursday night’s meeting was for only committees and no action could be taken.