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East Palestine hoping to open pool this summer

EAST PALESTINE — The village is hoping to have the public pool open this summer, but other options are being considered.

Village Manager Mark McTrustry said that ideally the village will be able to have a “full reopen” of the pool this year, but that plan B would be to open the pool to local residents only.

“I don’t want a repeat of last year, but that is our worst case scenario,” he said, referring to the pool not being open at all as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the park’s yearly report for 2020, the park generated a mere $14,170 in revenue — a stark contrast to prior years when the pool was open.

The park’s only revenue this year was through community center, brick pavilion, open shelter and cabin rentals.

McTrustry told village council during its recent meeting about a third of the lifeguards are in favor of returning and the village will begin advertising for more lifeguards through the school sometime this week.

Councilman Alan Cohen wondered if the village would be able to require proof of vaccination for entry, but that possibility wasn’t discussed.

On another matter, Councilman Doug Simpson asked about the status of the medical marijuana facility located on Kemple Drive.

The facility is operated by Pure OH, LLC, which was granted a provisional level II cultivator license by the Ohio Department of Commerce in 2019. The license allows for the manufacture of medical marijuana for distribution in approved dispensaries for those with prescriptions.

McTrustry said the facility is operational and that harvesting is planned for sometime in March using temporary work crews.

“They will bring folks in and they will be held to the stipulations of random drug tests and background tests. They are up and running and growing at the moment,” he said.

The village was first approached about the possibility of a medical marijuana facility in 2017. The idea was largely supported.

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