ALLIANCE - City Council appointed members to the revived Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Viaduct Improvement Advisory Commission.
Established in 2006, the Viaduct Commission provides recommendations to council pertaining to the beautification and improvement of the bridge.
The committee allows for up to seven at-large members - who must be registered voters in the city - along with one representative from council and the director of public safety and service.
City Council accepted applications for membership on the commission last month and made the appointments during Monday's meeting.
Members include Councilwoman Sheila Cherry (D-1), Alliance YWCA Executive Director Stacie Weimer, retired Judge Robert Lavery, Daniel Cherry, Carolyn Crites and Kathy Kramer.
City Director of Public Safety and Service Michael Dreger and Councilman Edward Lohnes (R-3) will also serve on the commission. Lohnes will be the representative from City Council because Cherry is chair of the commission.
The final at-large position is still open.
Council's decision to revive the commission comes a few months after a series of hate messages were spray-painted on buildings and facilities downtown, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Viaduct and the YWCA building.
Cherry previously told The Repository that she has been in contact with the viaduct's original architect about restoring the bridge and making the mural graffiti-proof and bulletproof. She would also like to see other improvements made to the area, such as replacing the cornerstones, covering a partially-uncovered manhole and patching up the road.
In other action:
• Approved an ordinance authorizing Dreger to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to purchase a new ladder truck and firefighting and rescue equipment for the Alliance Fire Department.
• Approved an ordinance authorizing Dreger to enter into a contract with the Stark County Regional Planning Commission for fair housing services as part of the city's Community Development block Grant program for next year. The commission will provide a variety of services, including preparing reports and assisting residents who wish to file fair housing complaints. These services will cost $8,000 for the year.
City Council will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Alliance Area Senior Center.
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