Details take shape on downtown DORA


More details are taking shape for the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) approved by council that is still awaiting state approval.

City Manager Lance Willard announced during this week’s council meeting that the city will be publishing a legal ad that outlines some stipulations for the DORA to the public before a formal council vote on the ordinance on March 5.

The stipulations were discussed by council during the Feb. 5 meeting, and include required signage, plastic cups or containers, and also wristbands that must be worn by those eligible to participate in the DORA.

A DORA allows for open carry of alcohol within the specified area during certain hours and events which must be first approved by council. In Columbiana, that area would be along parts of South Main Street and East Park Avenue.

In other business, council unanimously approved appointing Harry Kacenski to the seat on the board of zoning appeals to replace Rick Barto, who resigned.

According to his letter of interest, Kacenski served as service director for the city of Athens from 1970 to 1974. During that time he also assumed the safety director’s duties.

He is also registered as a professional engineer with the state with over 45 years of construction experience and is a U.S. Army veteran.

He was also elected to serve on the charter committee for the Columbiana.

Kacenski will serve on the zoning board through the end of Barto’s unexpired term, which ends on Nov. 25.

Council also approved:

— Adopting a motor vehicle policy for the city.

— A request from the American Legion Benjamin Firestone Post 290 Ladies Auxiliary for permission to hold the annual “Poppy Days” on May 10 and May 11. All proceeds are channeled to veteran rehabilitation, children, and youth work.

— Emergency legislation authorizing the city to enter into a Columbiana County Major Crimes Task Force mutual aid agreement. The task force is an expansion of the previously formed county Homicide Task Force, to include stranger abduction offenses, homicides, suspicious deaths, and other violence offenses that are considered first or second degree felony offenses.