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This past Monday and Tuesday mornings you might have noticed, under a bright spring sun, some construction action in the pocket park at Main and Wagner Streets.
Not the guys with the concrete saw and the horizontal directional drilling rig. They were in the pocket park last week and by Monday had moved some 130 feet on to the intersection of Duncan and Wagner Streets. One of those guys on Tuesday morning, a fellow built like an offensive guard, was at the corner of Main and Panola Streets moving huge loops of black thick flexible tubing laid out in figure eight loops in the grass. He was pulling flex pipe out of the sidewalk manhole by grasping it and putting it on his shoulder, leaning forward with his body weight and with legs driving hard. He would get 40 feet at a time.
The weather was bright but still cool, nonetheless he had worked himself into a full sweat. This drilling and pipe pulling action on Main Street is a whole nother story.
The construction action I’m talking about was Katherine Montague and James McCormick doing carpentry work. They were putting on the last bracing and some edge sanding on eight picnic tables (and 16 benches) the WVMSA has built for outside dining downtown.
This idea and effort was organized by WVMSA board president Joe York, with the financial help of a number of donors.
The idea is that outdoor dining, in this time of the pandemic, (note: it is still going on) is relatively safe if you are eating with people who are in your bubble or who are fully vaccinated. That would mean you also having gotten the shot or both shots.
And with spring weather, eating outside for lunch or dinner is possible. Joe’s idea was to help downtown eateries, and have some social interaction on Main Street. There already were a few spots to eat outside, but if you added up the cumulative seats, it was not many. So, these tables and benches and umbrellas will make a safe outdoor space to eat downtown and add greatly to the available number of seating options.
In this world, there can be opposite effects at the same time. At the moment, there are an amazing number of vaccinations happening daily, like four million now, (remember there are 330 million Americans) and still the virus and its new variants are making a fourth comeback, despite the weather. It ain’t over until it is over and it ain’t over yet. So, don’t be acting like it is. Get your shot; make us all safe. Tell others to get their shots. In the meantime, keep being prudent.