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WAC seeks $1,000 in grant money for park improvements
The Westland Area Commission (WAC) is seeking a $1,000 grant toward the improvement of Greene Countrie Park.
WAC member Shawn Thomas said the grant would be used to relocate a light, which in recent years has been obscured by the growth of a tree.
“We’re working to find out who owns the pole and the light and who has responsibility for the light,” Thomas said.
WAC is trying to clean up the park where neighbors have reported alleged drug activity among teens and young adults. There have also been reports of vandalism to property.
“Neighbors have become more aware of the environment,” Thomas said, noting several community members helped choose new playground equipment that will arrive soon.
Resident Diana Good said she noticed an increased police presence in the park, with officers in a cruiser and on bicycles.
Westland area signage
WAC Chair Linda Pitts said she filed an application with the city of Columbus for the location of the five signs to mark the entrance to the Westland area. The city began this project to celebrate its bicentennial year.
Locations Pitts submitted are at West Broad Street and Cole Road, Georgesville Road and I-270, Big Run South and Holt Road and on Hilliard-Rome Road.
An alternate site was chosen on Norton Road at Owens Street in case the city rejects the location on West Broad Street near Old Village Road.
That West Broad Street location is in Prairie Township and Pitts was not sure if Columbus wants a "Welcome to Westland" sign in the township.
The design plans include a white board fence that symbolizes the Darby Dan Farm. She also suggested a green background for signs near Westland High School and a blue background for those near Central Crossing High School.
|On June 27, 2012 Dave said:
Just for clarification, the sign proposed for W. Broad St. was called into question by Prairie Township, not Columbus. The location recommended by Columbus was on the north side of Broad St. @ Grener Ave. There is already a "Welcome to Prairie Township" sign located at that location. WAC proposed moving the new sign to a location just west of Old Village Rd, on the north side of Broad St. Additionally, WAC wanted the sign to read "Welcome to Westland & Prairie Township". Prairie Township is still balking at that location.
It is a little confusing to me as to Prairie's stance. These signs only allude to the area being called "Westland" and while they incorporate a small logo for the Columbus bicentennial,they do not indicate the area as Columbus. The Westland area is a vast area that incorporates both Columbus and Prairie Township and the signs are only to further enhance the entire area, not just a Columbus portion. In fact, the WAC is made up of representatives from the entire area, including both Columbus & Prairie Township.
I just wish that this signage issue did not have to be derisive, I would think anything that would promote the area as a whole would be welcome. It is long past time for the city and township to stop being adversaries, and work together to promote the area.
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