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Council hopes for parade change

October 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - City officials are hoping to convince a local veterans' group to change its plans for the annual Veterans Day parade being planned for November.

Service Safety Director Ryan Estell told City Council Monday night that the Veterans City Council has announced plans to hold the parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, a Sunday and the actual anniversary of Veterans Day, instead of on Nov. 12, a Monday - the nationally recognized holiday.

Estell said although a Veterans City Council official had mentioned to the mayor's secretary the group's plan to observe the holiday on Sunday, she cautioned against that, due to that time and day possibly causing a disturbance to downtown churches and Sunday traffic patterns.

The police chief - who determines whether proposed parade routes are feasible - has been asked to discuss the situation with the veterans' group, Estell said, adding, "I hope we can work with Veterans City Council for a better date and time."

Estell also announced a second cleanup day is being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, sponsored by the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District.

The cleanup day is open to all residents of the solid waste district, not just city residents, at no cost. Anyone within the three-county district can bring their items to the city car barn for disposal, including up to four tires.

Estell reminded council to encourage as many people as possible to bring unwanted items to the car barn saying, "We're hoping for a better turn-out this time."

Mayor Jim Swoger reported the docks were removed from Broadway Wharf over the weekend and some damage was found as well as some stolen rollers which will need to be replaced for next season.

He announced trick or treat hours for Halloween will be from 6-7:30 Oct. 31.

In legislative matters, council approved four ordinances pertaining to a Community Housing Improvement Program grant, authorizing the mayor to contract for tenant based rental assistance, down payment assistance and a community housing improvement program, as well as creating a new fund and line item for the funding.

Also approved was an ordinance allowing the city to accept donations to fund the cost of a K-9 program and a resolution designating council members Sherrie Curtis and Russell Dray to attend public records training and recognizing Swoger, Treasurer Doreen Marshall and Law Director Charles Payne as designees for their respective offices. Swoger is also the designee for the auditor's office.

Councilman Ray Perorazio voiced his desire to have monthly reports presented to council by other offices the same as police Chief John Lane presents.

"I'm not saying anyone's gold-bricking. I'd like to see what they're doing," he said.

Swoger said that can be worked on for the next meeting but advised Perorazio, "I won't tolerate shooting matches as in the past."

Perorazio replied, "Shooting matches are part of the job. If they don't like it, get another job."



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