Trailer park possible

SALINEVILLE — A developer has expressed interest in locating a trailer park in town.

Mayor Linda Adams reported at last week’s Village Council meeting a former resident contacted her about putting a 30-unit trailer park in town, possibly on Wilson Street. The village lacks zoning, so any application would have to go through the Ohio Department of Commerce, she said.

In other business, resident Annie Butler told council she and her husband Greg are exploring opening a restaurant at the site of the former restaurant located at the corner of West Main and Market streets. It has been more than 10 years since a restaurant operated at that site.

Butler said she was there to ask council if she needs permission to erect some kind of temporary banner or sign when they get close to opening the restaurant, but they have no timetable when this might occur.

“It sounds wonderful. Thank you,” Councilman Sally Keating told her.

Trevor Wintermantel, a 2018 graduate at Southern Local High School and sophomore at Bowling Green State University, attended the meeting to explain his four-year plans for sprucing up the ballfield and park area by the former Catholic Church. The first phase, which would not be undertaken until next summer, includes repairing the pavilion and putting in some new picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Wintermantel was on his way to New Hampshire for the summer, which is why he is delaying the first phase until 2020. This will give the village time to seek grant money for the project through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Natureworks program.

West Main Street resident Mindy Morgan said she has been working with Wintermantel to get a youth baseball league started at the ballfield. She has three sons and would love for them to have the opportunity to play in a league close to home, and she said the ballfield at the Kiwanis Park in downtown Salineville is not adequate for league play.

Speaking of the Kiwanis, club representative Dale Johnson attended the meeting to receive council permission for the organization to create a pedestrian lane in the alley bordering the park. The village received a state grant to create a walking path around the park, but to complete the loop the public must walk along the alley that borders the southern part of the park.

Council gave the Kiwanis permission to paint a pedestrian lane in the alley for walkers to use and to warn motorists to slow down.

Council’s next meeting is 6 p.m. July 1.