POMEROY — Ways to make Pomeroy more attractive as a shopping destination were discussed at this week’s meeting of the Pomeroy Merchants Association.
New banners purchased to hang on the period light posts are in place, parking meters on the Main Street side of the parking lot have been “freed” by Pomeroy Village Council for shoppers only, planting areas are filled with flowers, the mini-park has been improved and a stage area constructed, and festivals and other free summer activities have been scheduled for the parking lot and amphitheater.
Yet the question posed by Bill Quickel remains — was on how to get more people into Pomeroy. He expressed some concern about the smaller crowd this year at the Gold Wings and Ribs Festival and commented that he hopes it’s not a trend.
It was generally agreed by members that the sidewalks need some attention and that might help. Specifically mentioned was the sidewalk in front of the mini-park and the area at the corner of Court and Second. Dan Short, president, will mention the matter of sidewalks to Pomeroy Village Council.
As for the parking area which has been freed for parking by shoppers for the summer, Short said signs have been ordered showing where customers can park without paying. Currently the meters are covered.
Brian Howard of Farmers Bank reported that the new banking facility on Main Street will be opening on July 16, that a “come and see” observance will be held on July 19, and that the grand opening will be held on July 20. He said that once that happens and employees are relocated, then renovation will begin on the current bank building.
Plans were discussed for the 50-50 ticket sale for the annual duck derby which takes place as a part of the September Sternwheel Festival. Tickets will go on sale in July. Howard volunteered to be the pick-up person for the ducks as they float downriver.
It was noted that several of the ornamental glass bulbs, one showing the new bridge and the other the Courthouse, are still available and now on sale for $5 each. They can be purchased at several downtown locations, including all three banks and the Chamber of Commerce.