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Columbiana discusses upcoming events

COLUMBIANA–Council discussed several city events during Tuesday’s meeting.

Chamber of Commerce members Erich Offenburg and Lana Wilt asked council to approve closing the street for the Christmas parade taking place at 6 p.m. Friday, November 19.

“We are excited to be back to normal this year with our Christmas parade,” Offenburg said.

The parade will travel from Stanton Avenue turn onto West Salem and up Main Street from Pittsburgh. The tree lighting will also take place at 6 p.m. the evening of the parade.

“We are excited that our grand marshals of the parade will be four of the original people that started the parade 21 years ago,” Offenburg explained.

Park staff continue setting up the Joy of Christmas light display.

“This is one of the best Octobers that we have seen to do it,” Village Manager Lance Willard said about setting up the light displays.

Offenburg also mentioned the Haunted Walk taking place at Shaker Woods this weekend.

In other news, Councilmember Skip Liston introduced Ava Bryant as a student representative from Columbiana Exempted Village Schools Tuesday.

Due to Bryant’s involvement in last year’s entrepreneurial class, she was asked to join council.

Regarding city improvements, progress on West Salem Street storm water project has moved forward. A majority of rock layers and utility lines have been worked around.

“We hope to fully open the West Salem Street any day,” said Village Manager Lance Willard.

Willard thanked residents who lost water Friday and Monday for their patience after a few water lines were hit while working.

Land to be used for the dog park has been cleared and final plans will be considered for consideration during the next park board meeting according to Willard.

In other business, Willard thanked the Fire Department and multiple staff members for their assistance over a three-day period devoting 90 hours of research into a large FEMA type grant application.

“It was a nice team event, if you will,” Willard commented.

In other matters, residents can pick up lawn bags from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall.

Lastly, Willard mentioned the city was contacted by a national reporter last week as part of a follow up story on being named the “Nicest Place in America”.

dgarner@mojonews.com

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