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Bicentennial gains momentum

Waynesburg Village Council considers options for celebration

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: July 22, 2016 10:00 AM

WAYNESBURG / Waynesburg Village Council is considering its options to commemorate the village's bicentennial celebration later this year.

"I would ask you to start to think about this," Mayor Doug Welch told council. "We can start to make plans."

Plans are in the works and Welch said he has had some discussions with local businesses, but nothing has been finalized.

Councilman Albert Woodin suggested that the Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District, Quad Ambulance and EMS be involved with the event.

The village also is seeking musical entertainment and Councilman Jeff Davis noted a group that plays a diverse set list is under consideration.

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Welch also noted that a bicentennial logo for the village is in the works.

"I'd like to see a First Friday type of atmosphere were local businesses are open and participate," Woodin added.

Council also continues to seek the removal of a sign that is on village property. Councilman Jeremy Dierick agreed to talk to the property owner.

The village has the property line surveyed, confirming the eeeeeeeeeeeeencroachment of the sign and several other items onto village property.

Council also suggested some changes to a new sign ordinance, with the first reading of the new proposal set for the August meeting. It will receive three readings and a public hearing will be held.

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Woodin noted that there are signs in the village that are out of compliance with the village's regulations.

The village also is seeking loan options for the new village hall. Council's finance committee will get a few more loan estimates and offer council a recommendation at its next meeting.

"We need to bring this to the next meeting and make a decision," Davis said.

In other business, council:

/ PAID bills totaling $33,455.38;

/ HEARD a village budget hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 8, prior to council's regular meeting;

AGREED to purchase six rechargeable batteries for radios and a new computer monitor for Police Chief William Bath at a cost not to exceed $250;

/ AGREED to permit the Mohawk Trail Garden Club to erect its Blue Star Marker and flag pole in the village park. A dedication is set for Sept. 28;

/ HEARD from Bill Smith, a Canton Township trustee and candidate for Stark County commissioner. Smith said his business background makes him the right candidate for the commission. "I also can be a full-time commissioner," he added.

The next regular Waynesburg Village Council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in village hall.

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