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Palestine Christmas parade called off

EAST PALESTINE– On the same day that the village had to cancel the in-person Turkey Trot, village council unanimously decided to cancel the Christmas parade due to the coronavirus during Monday’s meeting.

After councilman Doug Simpson proposed that the village cancel the event, there wasn’t much discussion, as everyone agreed that the threat of COVID-19 still remains too large.

“Due to all of the problems we’ve been having, I would like to get council’s consent to have the village manager cancel the Christmas parade this year,” Simpson said. “I’ve been on the fence on this, and I think it’s in the best interest of the citizens of the village to cancel this due to the possibility of creating problems in the village.”

The parade was originally scheduled for Dec. 5. Village manager Mark McTrustry sent out a message to the village via Facebook, which said, “Until such time as the current wave is under control, all public events on village property will not be issued a permit.”

Related to virus, McTrustry outlined changes in work procedures at the municipal building on Facebook following the governor’s message regarding the increasing number of daily cases.

Starting on Nov. 30, the municipal building will be closed to general foot traffic, and payments can be placed in the drop boxes. It will still be possible to make an appointment to address any issues by calling 330-426-4367.

“We must do all that we can to protect ourselves, each other and our families and to be part of making every effort to minimize the impact that this virus has on our people and our village,” McTrustry said in the post.

Just like in other cities and villages, the leadership in East Palestine will continue to navigate the fluid COVID-19. But, as they have said many times, the first priority is to make the best decisions for the village and its people.

slendak@mojonews.com

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