POMEROY — Although it is only a few weeks old, Imagine Pomeroy’s renovations of O’Brien Mini Park are already near completion thanks to the help of Pomeroy’s past and present citizens.
Brandon Bartee, vice president of Imagine Pomeroy, said he is overwhelmed by the support that has swarmed in within the past few weeks, including the project’s Key Sponsor, Farmer’s Bank. Aside from serving as the Key Sponsor, the board of Farmer’s Bank donated an additional $2,500 to the project. The bank’s president, Paul Reed, also made a private $1,000 donation to the cause and Tom Reed, on the board of Imagine Pomeroy, donated $500. Ken and Adrienne Appell also donated $500 toward Imagine Pomeroy in honor of George and Mary Elizabeth Morris. Other major contributers have included Eloise Drenner, owner of Weaving Stitches, Gheen Rentals and Ed Zatta, owner of Swisher and Loshe.
“I really want to recognize the people that have helped us so far because it absolutely would not be possible [without them],” Brandon said. “With this being [Imagine Pomeroy’s] first big project, there’s always a bit of hesitancy, like, ‘Do we really have the support that we need?’”
Brandon said he had a few sleepless nights worrying if the community would support the idea, but within the first day Imagine Pomeroy received $2,000 in small donations, including the purchasing of pavers.
So far, renovations have gone smoothly, including replanted grass and trees, an addition to the stage, covered counter space and a retiled path, including the purchased pavers thanks to Three Oaks Landscaping and Vern Slaven — a native of Pomeroy.
“He doesn’t live in Meigs County [anymore], but he grew up here,” Brandon said. “The fact that he grew up and left and is still invested enough to come back and do it for as good a deal as he gave us speaks a lot about him personally.
According to Brandon, renovations are 70 percent complete, with the group only needing about $5,000-$7,000 to complete the project including the addition of lighting and furniture.
Rana Bartee, creator of the project, said she’s really excited for what’s been done so far and what’s to come.
“It’s kind of cool to have an idea, and you mention it to your husband, and then he mentions it to another person,” she said. “Initially, the support from the [Imagine Pomeroy] board was awesome. They thought it was a great idea, and then Paige [Cleek] put the wheels on it, and Brandon put gas it in, and it worked.”
Imagine Pomeroy T-shirts can be purchased at Front Paige Outfitters for $20, and pavers are available at Clark’s Jewelry Store and Front Paige Outfitters for $50.