Mingo updated on upcoming events

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council on Tuesday was updated on two upcoming events that will bring people from all over the country to the village.

Jim Freiling of the Mingo Business Association said the annual dedication ceremony for the Cherry Blossom Memorial Park is scheduled for 4 p.m. on July 27 at the Mingo Junction American Legion Hall.

The Cherry Blossom Memorial Park has plaques to honor educators and staff from village schools.

Freiling said seven educators and staff members from Mingo Junction schools will have plaques dedicated at the ceremony, He said the park, with 27 pink weeping cherry trees, has room for 150 plaques. He said about 90 spaces have been filled. He asked residents to continue nominating teachers and staff who were an influence in their lives.

Also, the Mingo Junction Community Days is scheduled Aug. 9-11.

The village will honor village native Rob Parissi, who formed the band Wild Cherry and had the No. 1 hit “Play That Funky Music,” in 1976.

Council has been asked to make an honorary designation for McLister Avenue as Rob Parissi Boulevard.

Council agreed to bring in a resolution honoring the musical achievements of Parissi, who was a 1968 graduate of Mingo High School.

A dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus Hall to honor Parissi, and Freiling said the guest speaker will be Jerry Stewart, who was president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland from 1999 through 2012.

Council also was informed the fire department recently received two grants. The first is a Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters grant in the amount of $70,400 to purchase new air masks for firefighters. The village will be responsible for about $2,500 of the cost. The village last year received a $77,000 grant from FEMA to purchase new turnout gear and a commercial grade washer and dryer to clean the turnout gear, which includes pants and coats. The second is a $3,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for emergency medical equipment.

Councilman John Fabian said the village will have only one house demolished as part of a countywide program through the county’s Regional Planning Commission, which received a grant through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for the demolition program. Council said they were under the impression three structures would be demolished.

Fabian said a house at 108 Holly Ave. will be torn down as part of the grant.

Council also was told the village’s new website is up and running at mingojct.us.

Steve Maguschak, acting village administrator, said the trash compactor for the village is operating. He said routes for collecting garbage may be adjusted in the weeks ahead. He said an announcement will be made of any changes.

The trash compactor will free up one or two service department workers to perform other jobs in the village, Maguschak said.

He also said he is still waiting on bids for replacing the roof on the Municipal Building that has been leaking for several weeks. Village officials submitted insurance claims for more than $20,000 for damages inside the building because of the leaking roof.

Councilman Michael Herrick said the first summer concert at Aracoma Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. today featuring Rose Angelica and Sandy Pierro. He said in the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the large shelter at the park. He said there are plans for about five or six concerts throughout the summer.

Herrick said the Mingo Revitalization Committee has been busy at the park and recently fixed every picnic table.

And it was announced the revitalization committee will have a town cleanup on Aug. 2-3 in preparation for the Mingo Community Days.

The revitalization committee also has forms for residents and businesses to state the strengths and weaknesses of the village. The forms are available at the water department office in the Municipal Building.