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LISBON – The pollinator garden that caused a stir among the village council has found a new home, not on village property.
At a village council meeting in May, Susan Shank of the Columbiana County Chamber of Commerce presented council with a tentative plan to develop a pollinator garden in the village park near the exercise trail. The garden would be entirely paid for thanks to a beautification grant granted to the room by the land bank. The idea was quickly abandoned by council members who felt that they had not been sufficiently informed beforehand and that the location was not suitable for the garden.
Shank said that instead of trying to find another location within the village boundaries, they decided to switch to one of the other three location options available. The chamber board sent a letter to the board which was read at their recent meeting, stating that they wanted to cancel their request and citing the initial reaction to the garden as part of the reasoning behind their decision.
“We made this decision after the last board meeting where so much resistance to our initial proposal was encountered. . . We saw a window to the future as to what the working relationship might look like if we continued it, given that, we decided to move on ”, wrote the directors. They said they hadn’t had a chance to engage in a dialogue, which Council President Dawn Thomas, who objected to the garden’s original tentative location, was to some extent true.
“They are right, there was no dialogue, and this dialogue should have been initiated before the grant application so that we can find the best location,” he added. Thomas said. She said the line of communication should be more between the chamber and the board and she looks forward to working with them on future projects.
The garden will now be placed outside the Arts and Crafts building at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds. Shank said the fairground is thrilled to host the garden and is thrilled to add another educational aspect to the park.
“It was another option we had and we are so happy that they welcomed us” Shank said. “This garden will be so beneficial for the community.
The fairgrounds will be ahead of the curve as Shank said pollinator gardens are starting to appear statewide and said the Ohio Turnpike is putting them around service centers along the highway.
Shank said there are still a few meetings to be held regarding the first step of completing the garden, but she believes planting will begin this fall.