The incomplete Washington Street project won’t interfere with plans to bring the Genoa Homecoming back to the local park.
Less than a week and half ago, the section of the main thoroughfare from Fourth to Sixth streets was stripped down to nothing but rocks and chunks of dirt, looking like a big crater in the center of town. By the time fest goers gather Friday, it will be incomplete but passable.
“The curbs and gutters are in. They’re putting down the first couple of courses of asphalt layers Thursday. That’ll be good enough for use and then they’ll put on the final course after the event,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said.
The new pavement will set the stage for the Genoa Homecoming Parade whose participants will proceed from Main Street to Fifth Street and then along Washington Street to the park entrance on Friday night.
The $240,000 job concludes a three-year project to reconstruct portions of Washington Street to fix residential drainage problems and improve storm sewer flow during heavy rains. Bad weather put the Issue 2-funded project behind schedule last fall when it was originally scheduled to be done. And conditions following one of the worst winters in recent memory weren’t much better. Contractors got a late start this spring and have been working feverishly to finish the job.
“They ran into a couple of more problems. They ran into some buried railroad ties and they broke a water line near the ice cream shop,” the administrator said.
It’s been five years since the Genoa Homecoming anchored its activities at Veterans Park.
For the past three years, homecoming activities have taken place along a cordoned-off section of Main Street in the business district. Amusement rides found a home alongside Genoa Town Hall in the parking lot. The homecoming committee took a two-year hiatus prior to that.
Reverting back to the old set-up frees up more parking spaces for customers and centralizes all the fanfare in one spot, Gladden said.
This year, amusement rides will be set up farther back in the park. The beer tent is located behind the Big Dipper and local vendors are placed front and center at the homecoming’s entrance.
“The neat thing is everything will be right there in a confined space. You’ll be right there for the fireworks and everything,” Gladden said.
The fireworks show takes place Saturday, capping off two days of events.