WILLARD - Willard is a big winner when it comes to pedestrian and traffic safety.
At a recent AAA Northeast Ohio Community Safety Awards ceremony, the City of Blossoms was recognized with three awards in those areas. First, the city received recognition for having no pedestrian fatalities in the last 56 years.
City Manager Brian Humphress said that is the longest period of time for any city in Northeast Ohio.
"No other community in Huron County has even 30 years without such a fatality," Humphress wrote in his report to council.
Willard also received an award recognizing the fact the city had no traffic fatalities in the last seven years.
"We have the best record on traffic fatalities in Huron County, and in fact no other community in Northeast Ohio has a better record than Willard," Humphress said. "The residents of Willard should be very proud of these recognitions, as they demonstrate the efforts our police department and other departments go through to insure a vital and safe community for our residents. It takes a lot of effort to keep our roads in decent shape and keep our speed down."
The city also received a Bronze Community Traffic Safety Award for providing documentation of a community traffic safety leadership group and other programs and projects that address traffic safety issues.
Humphress also reminded Willard residents not to rake leaves into the streets until city workers begin Willard's formal fall leaf pick-up program, which will start in late October. Until then, if residents rake their leaves and place them in biodegradable bags along the curb, maintenance workers will pick them up. Residents can drop off leaves at the city compost pile at the city's maintenance department from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other available hours are 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month. Those who rake leaves into the street before the authorized times may be given a court citation.
By AARON KRAUSE
Reflector Staff Writer
WILLARD City Manager Brian Humphress told Willard council he is submitting today the city's application for state funding for the downtown revitalization effort.
The money would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The program offers several options, including State Administered CDBG, which awards grants to smaller units of general local government that carry out community development activities.
In other news:
The city is working on a grant application to help pay for the fire ladder truck that needs to be replaced. Humphress said the truck is "well beyond its useful life and needs to be replaced."
Humphress announced the city is partnering with the Huron County Job & Family Services Department to put on the Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the city park. The event will feature booths and demonstrations from local and county service and governmental agencies and organizations. There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting and food.
The Miss Flame contest, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire station.