McDonald firefighters festival will go on

McDONALD — Even if it can’t be held around the Fourth of July as it usually is, village officials said there will be a firefighters festival sometime this year.

Mayor Glen Puckett said at last week’s village council meeting — depending on a decision by Gov. Mike DeWine — the annual firefighters festival, one of the community’s largest, will not take place in late June and early July, but likely will be in October.

“I have been in discussion with Joe Danko, the head of the firefighters social organization of the possibility of moving the festival to October if necessary. We want to get this festival in this year around July Fourth, but that may not be possible. There is nothing definite now. We will let everyone know as soon as possible on what is decided,” Puckett said.

He said some kind of festival will be held this year in some format with much depending on DeWine’s decision on social distancing. The festival typically includes a parade, amusement rides, games and food vendors.

Puckett said the Memorial Day festival held at the war memorial in the park is set for May 24 and is still scheduled unless a decision by DeWine changes the plans.

“We hope to be able to open the parks and enjoy things like we always have. As soon as we can do so safely, we will,” he said.

Woodland Park was closed to the public in early April.

Councilman Richard Harvey said all school events at the park have been canceled.

“We will monitor village events as we go and see what can be held and what will need to be canceled or postponed based on what the governor decides. Everyone has to deal with things as they are,” he said.

Councilman Brian Fisher said to help deal with the coronavirus, an ambulance was disinfected with certain cleaning chemicals and prepared for any transport of COVID-19 patients. It also can be used for mutual aid transportation to neighboring communities for their patients.

In other news, council:

• Gave first reading to placing a 1.5-mill, five-year renewal levy on the November ballot. The deadline to place an issue on the ballot is in August;

• Approved proceeding with paving work and drainage repairs on Connecticut and Massachusetts avenues with officials noting the project may start a little later than planned. Five bids were received for the project and are being reviewed by GPD Engineers before council makes a decision;

• Announced the village has received a $28,000 grant for a heart monitor for the ambulance. Previously the village had to borrow one;

• Heard from Sean Schmidt the village this summer will be able to get, for free, cardboard recycling bins from Go Green Team for residents to drop off items. He said the village is planning to end its contract for recycling bins, which will mean a savings of $1,400;

• Heard from Schmidt that residents who are recycling are asked to flatten down the cardboard and place items in the containers to cut down on the work and increase safety for village employees;

• Passed a resolution to establish a policy on how drug fines can be spent by the village;

• Received a donation of face shields from Dinesol Plastics in Niles for police and fire personnel;

• Approved an extension of the agreement with Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council on providing electrical aggregation to the village.



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