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COLUMBIANA — Council held a public hearing last week regarding an order restricting Chestnut Alley to one-way traffic. The changes would affect residents between Allen Avenue and Salem Street. Concerned citizens have suggested the change in an effort to reduce property destruction and increase safety.

Resident Nathan Garwood thanked council for piloting the request on Chestnut Alley and reintroduced council members to the written petition asking for the change.

Stop signs had gone unrecognized, multiple blind spots impeded traffic, and the width of the driveway had previously contributed to property damage and narrow escape routes. According to Garwood, cars are less likely to park in personal driveways and traffic is reduced.

“Reducing traffic in one direction creates a safer area and eliminates the need to leave the roadway,” said Garwood.

Garwood noted how the streets have become increasingly narrow during the winter months after heavy snowfall and despite assumptions made at previous council meetings, drivers are not always courteous and aware of the issues.

“People are running at stop signs, they’re speeding down the driveway, and they’re driving on people’s property without caring what they’re doing,” said Garwood.

North Main Street is considered an ideal route without the presence of stop signs and a higher speed limit.

After receiving 9 of 13 petitions back, Garwood received no negative feedback. Datillio later remarked that he was surprised no one came out to challenge the idea after seeing the opposition doing the one-way street on Facebook.

Council members approved the first reading of the ordinance. Councilor Ted Souder said he only approved the first reading because of the tightness of the right-of-way.

“I really think we’re opening a Pandora’s box by doing this, but that’s the only way for me to endorse this,” Solder said.

In addition, events flourish in the city. Mary Ann Flesse approached council to discuss holding the St. Jude Festival June 17-19. The three-day festival will feature the Route 45 Band, a dance competition, Saturday mass and a raffle. The board also received a request for Columbiana Music Boosters to host a Tag Day and car wash on July 30.

Tom Mackall of the Columbiana Tourism Board discussed holding Wine Fest at 101 Town Center Avenue on Saturday, June 11. The festival will begin at 4 p.m. and will include wine tastings from nine wineries, bands and food trucks. Pre-purchased tickets are $25 and tickets at the door are $30.

Dying Breed Diesels Truck Repair owner Brayden Tucker has sought council approval to hold the Dying Breed Diesels Truck Show on Oct. 8 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. along Main Street South. The show will benefit Firestone Dog Park after raising $1,860 for the dog park last year.

“The dog park is much more than just a dog park. This dog park is a cement that brings generations together,” said Tucker.

Having a place to go and interact with other people is essential, according to Tucker, who observes the progress of his own mother’s mental health.

The Dying Breed Diesels Truck Show helped Carla’s Corner make its biggest daily profit while contributing to the success of a local church’s chicken barbecue.

“It makes me a little proud that truckers like to eat,” said Tucker.

Tucker hopes the number of participating trucks will increase from the 56 present last year. Tucker hopes to increase the number of participating trucks to 106 or more.

In other news, City Manager Lance Willard introduced student representatives Dylan Fletcher and Ava Bryant to the council. Fletcher and Bryant will work with RCAP along with three other students to study regulations and discuss implementing youth participation on councils statewide.

In terms of the city’s recreation areas, new fencing has been installed at the Firestone Pool along with the annexation of the children’s pool and main pool area. Park officials are preparing to install the new outdoor pool heater. The changes were made after meeting with a consultant for recommendations. The swimming pool has been emptied and painting work is planned.

Finally, Greenford Church organized a day of service. Crews picked up seven loads of brush and stray branches. Willard estimates that between 50 and 70 people came to clean up the park a few weeks ago.




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