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McDonald awaiting advice about reopening Woodland Park

Reopening of park needs state OK

McDONALD — Village officials said Woodland Park will remain closed for all activities until state officials give the order allowing for parks to be reopened.

Mayor Glenn Puckett said the parks will remain closed until Gov. Mike DeWine and others say it’s OK for groups of 10 or more to gather.

He said park events are on hold and the annual firefighter summer festival usually held near the Fourth of July has been moved to a one-day event on Oct. 10.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience. We want to open the parks as soon as possible when we can do it safely. We hope to be back to normal when we can do it safely,” Puckett said.

Councilman Brian Fisher said he has contacted the Trumbull County Combined Health District to gather information on the number of COVID cases in the village.

“This will help us as we begin slowly to open things back up. This will help the mayor and council to make the best decisions as to how fast and how slow we move on opening and closings in relation to how it is affecting McDonald specifically,” Fisher said.

Councilman Richard Harvey said the splash pad and summer recreation program for children are closed until further notice. He said officials may wait and see if things change in July.

He said if the park does open, all of the play units and equipment will need to be sanitized.

“We are a park of closeness with the children very close together when playing. It would be hard to open. We will wait for guidelines from the state. We will make decisions based on what in the best interest of the community,” Harvey said.

Council President Ray Lewis said the village is watching its finances because of the unemployment rate being at an all-time high and the loss of income tax from the closure of General Motors Lordstown and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis.

He said the 2020 budget is financially sound, but finances and spending for 2021 will be watched as income tax levels from the state are expected to see a 10 percent cut.

“Everyone is being asked to watch spending because 2021 has a lot of unknowns. We need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Lewis said.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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