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East Palestine park projects detailed

EAST PALESTINE — Councilman Alan Cohen updated village council on various park board projects, including the progress on the implementation of an 18-hole disc golf course, at last week’s village council meeting.

With the help of a $6,000 donation from the East Palestine Community Foundation and Masonic Lodge, the plans to buy and install 18 baskets and other equipment are being made. As the course layout is being discussed, Cohen said that they are trying to remove any conflict with the cross-country course.

“Things are progressing nicely with the disc golf project,” Cohen said. “We’ve discussed the installation and the types of baskets that will be purchased, but it is moving along. With the way things are going right now, my guess is that it will get started around spring.”

In other business, for the past few weeks, ODOT has been working with Cornerstone Electric to replace the traffic lights at the intersection of North Market Street and Rebecca Street. The hanging traffic overhead lights are being replaced by fixed arm traffic lights, which are intended to reduce the number of tall vehicles that hit the lights.

“I’m very excited about the new traffic lights,” Councilman Doug Simpson said. “I think they’re going to be a big improvement.”

Since the village has received state funding for COVID-19-related projects, the bathrooms in the community center and the bathrooms in the swimming pool area will be upgraded to touchless sinks and toilets. In addition, several hand-sanitizing stations have been added to the community center.

Village Manager Mark McTrustry said that the project will be scheduled as soon as possible. He added that there will be one bathroom stall in each of the pool house bathrooms with wheelchair accessibility. Park Foreman Brennen Harvey will ensure that a ramp is provided where the bathrooms exit to the pool area.

While upgrades are being made to the bathrooms, other parts of the pool area are being improved as well. McTrustry has continued to work on ways to improve the body of the pool, including upgrades to the pool flooring, which will be replaced.

Since the current rubberized grid flooring isn’t able to be sanitized to current standards, the flooring is going to be removed and replaced with a floor system similar to nature stone flooring. Rather than rock, the floor will be composed of rubber pieces bound together. The pool house was also repainted.

The park board had to fill a vacant position after the resignation of Jessica Conard. After reviewing the applications and some discussion, council approved Dr. Jessica Rocco as the new park board member. She will join the board at the next park board meeting on Aug. 19.

The next regularly scheduled village council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

slendak@mojonews.com

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