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Waynesburg bicentennial plans taking off

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: September 16, 2016 10:00 AM

WAYNESBURG -- Waynesburg Village Council on Sept. 12 approved a resolution to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of the village.

There had been some question about whether the village's bicentennial really is in 2016, but Solicitor John Anthony said he feels confident now in saying that it is accurate.

Anthony researched the history of the village and through the Stark County Historical Society confirmed that the plat for the town was filed with the Stark County Auditor in 1814.

Two historical books note that the town was then established in 1816, following the recorded plat.

While a centennial was celebrated in 1933, Anthony noted that commemorated the incorporation of Waynesburg as a village, which occurred in 1833. It did not mark the actual formation of the town.

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"I believe this resolution is historically accurate," he said. "Go ahead and have a party."

Council also earmarked $750 in initial funds to get the celebration events off the ground.

The celebration now will be held Oct. 1 at St. James Catholic Church, which will be more efficient and comfortable for residents.

"If it rains, we have options," noted Mayor Doug Welch. "I think it is a better option than holding it in the park. Everything is more accessible."

Festivities will include a parade which currently is set to feature at least 25 units, including the Sandy Valley High School band, local Boy Scouts and the Sandy Valley American Legion Post 432.

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There also are 10 booths to be set up at the festivities. Anyone interested in setting up a booth or participating in the parade can contact the village.

Council also is exploring options for commemorative shirts, which will be sold throughout the community leading up to the event.

In other business, council:

HEARD from Police Chief William Bath that through donations, the police department has been able to purchase body cameras for all of its active police officers.

AGREED to give pay raises to Bath and Road Department employee Kyle Dierick.

AGREED to renew its insurance plan with Wichert Insurance at a cost of $15,588.

AGREED to hire Anthony Watts Construction for exterior repairs at village hall, at a cost of $3,510. Watts was the low bidder for the project.

AGREED to purchase tires for a village dump truck.

PAID bills totaling $27,533.94.

The next regular meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at village hall.

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