POMEROY — Pomeroy’s Parks and Recreation Committee met this week to discuss festival management and the future of the Mechanic Street Park.
Pomeroy Village Council members Don Andersen, Maureen Hennesy, and Phil Ohlinger assembled at 6 p.m on Monday, and delivered a report to full council later that evening.
The committee recommended a more formal process to administering large events held in town.
Proposals included a designated point person with contact information available for information seekers, an application process to gather more information from event organizers, and specific guidelines pertaining to cleanup and electrical safety.
In previous meetings, Pomeroy Merchants Association representatives noted the difficulty of locating event details, especially if the event lacked a strong online presence.
The committee also recommended Main Street not be closed during business hours, and barricades operated only at the supervision of Pomeroy Police, rather than organizers.
Other possibilities suggested, were a deposit instituted against proper post-event cleanup, and a fair fee charged for utilities.
The committee members stated they hope these adjustments would improve the overall value and experience of the many festivals and events held on the river walk.
Council President Andersen added “we are 100 percent for the festivals,” but that the village absorbing so many costs and shutting down traffic in the business district reduced the value.
“We would want to see the use remain basically free for non-profits,” said Ohlinger.
Non committee council members generally agreed with the assessments, and it was determined Andersen would submit a draft of the changes at a future meeting.
The committee reported preliminary information on the future of Mechanic Street Park, following a land donation by Farmers Bank that will unify several plots already held by the village.
Committee members were optimistic about potential additions to the area once called “Sugar Run.”
Speaking after the meeting, Hennesy and Andersen expressed a desire to develop a master plan for newly combined properties.
The plan would allow staged development of the area as budget and time allowed, and include an acknowledgement of Farmers Bank’s contribution.
A follow up committee meeting is scheduled for June 26, at 6 p.m. at the “soon to be renamed” Mechanic Street Park.
Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.