Columbiana wins gas aggregation argument


Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA — City Manager Lance Willard announced last week the issue with the gas aggregation supplier going out of market which broke contract has been resolved. Efforts to reverse charges were successful after the city made objections. Willard explained that he is happy to announce that adjustments will be made.

“They are going to abide by that contract which is a fixed rate and our residents will get money back one way or another on their accounts,” Willard said.

In other business, Ron Detwiler, Park Recreation and Cemetery Board president, said there are eight current projects at Firestone Park. Two more projects will take place this summer.

Detwiler also said Concerts in the Park will resume this summer and musical acts are being booked.

Detwiler brought attention to mischief in the park within the past week. Children were said to have been seen trying to push landscaping stones at the edge of Mirror Lake into in the water. Due to the renovations that took place, park officials feel it bringing attention to the issue is necessary.

Brayden Tucker, owner of Dying Breed Diesels, approached council about resuming the diesel show event along Main Street. Tucker explained that the Facebook page for Dying Breed Diesels has grown to 153,000 people. This could increase the amount of diesel vehicles attending the event.

“We refer to Columbiana as our home because you guys have been so gracious and let us have our annual event there we are just asking permission to do it again,” said Tucker. Tucker said attendees are asking to extend the event from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 2. Attendees were said to enjoy Columbiana so much, they feel the event should last longer.

Dying Breed Diesels will contribute any funds they raise to the dog park.

Council approved his request.

A committee has been formed that will tackle the challenges of constructing a new high school stadium. Donors have come forward to help with the project and Superintendent Donald J. Mook has been designated the committee chairman.

Robert Krosky requested permission to hold a Father’s Day Eve Stroll on the town circle.

Council member Dan Dattilio questioned what specifications the city would put on the signs intended to be displayed during the event. Clerk of Council Deann Davis clarified the signs would read “Be a responsible father” and “Honk if you support responsible fathers.”

Mark Harold, director of finance, was concerned about restricting free speech. Willard advised legislation requires the city to treat all signs as content neutral. Council members agreed that it was important to keep free speech at the forefront.

Council member Amanda Banner questioned the need for city approval for the event. Eventually council members agreed to advise the event coordinator there was no need to ask council for approval. Souder said the event holder may have intended to get the event covered by media and mentioned clarifying events that require approval will be discussed in the future.

Council member Richard McBane reviewed plans for the Firestone Dog Park. The GoFundMe campaign has raised $17,150. McBane said that fundraising is the main focus currently and reminded council that he will match funds up to $20,000 during April. The goal for the dog park is $80,000.

The Salem Street paving project will go out to bid this week and will open April 29.

Council announced the pool at Firestone is anticipated to open on Saturday, May 29. The city is working with the health department to adhere to CDC guidelines. Park superintendent Terry Shaffer said details are still being contemplated.

Pavilion rentals are on hold until Gov. Mike DeWine releases restrictions limiting indoor gatherings.


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