Church makes room for event

For a moment it was looking like there would be no place for vendors during this year’s Springtime in Columbiana event, but then the First Presbyterian Church offered to help.

Chamber of Commerce executive director April Brinker told city council at its recent meeting about the chamber’s search for a vendor location.

Springtime in Columbiana is scheduled for May 3-5.

“Last year vendors were located in the pocket park, but it was a bit of a wind tunnel and they had a hard time keeping their tents in place,” she said.

The chamber considered a few other options, but nothing panned out.

“We weren’t sure where we were going to go until (First Presbyterian representatives) came to us,” she said.

The church along East Park Avenue offered to house vendors in the alley between its building and the Park Avenue Marketplace, and also at its back parking lot, if needed.

Brinker said moving the vendor location there may also help push some traffic to the businesses in that area as well during the annual event.

Brinker asked council’s approval to close a portion of the alley during the event, noting that it will not interfere with any potential funeral home traffic.

She also said the church has asked permission to host a few food trucks on the property.

Councilman Rick Noel pointed out that generally food trucks have to go through the city’s planning commission for approval first, but Mayor Bryan Blakeman and others on council said that since it is for a special event, council can approve those.

All of the event food trucks will need to get the proper permit through city hall, however.

Council approved the request to close a portion of the alley and also to allow food trucks near the church vendor location.