Three beautification grants awarded
LISBON — Improvements to two early county cemeteries, a pollinator garden and a lighted fountain were approved projects receiving grant funding through the county’s land bank.
The Columbiana County Land Reutilization Corp. board this week chose three of the seven projects throughout the county that applied to receive the first round of beautification grants.
Although the land bank had planned to approve a grant up to $5,000, in the end the board determined all three of the final projects were worthy investments in the community. The three projects total $11,450.
The first project, presented to the board by Center Township Trustee Rex Underwood, was improvements to two historic cemeteries — Gaskill Cemetery on Mattix Road and Lee Cemetery on Lisbon-Millport Road just outside of Scenic Vista Park.
Underwood said the project would place signs at the cemeteries, stone benches, add topsoil and seed as well as rail fencing to provide a border around the sites. Both cemeteries have graves from the beginnings of the county, according to Underwood, who said those buried there have family names that are of significance in the beginnings of towns throughout the county. Additionally, veterans of the Revolutionary, War of 1812 and Civil War are buried at those cemeteries. The cost of the project is $5,000.
Susan Shank of the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor Peter Wilson, presented a pollinator garden in the village park near the exercise path currently being created in the park. The new area will contain plants to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, moths and bees and an herb pyramid.
The project will include getting local school children involved in learning about horticulture and benches constructed by students at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center. Signs will teach plant identification. Reused bricks will create an area to enjoy the garden, which will be handicap accessible from one entrance. The budget for this project would be $3,750.
The Salem project presented by city Parks Director Shane Franks would add a large lighted water fountain in the center of the duck pond that is located in Waterworth Memorial Park in Salem. The pond is about a half-acre with a small island in the middle, which can be reached by a bridge, and is surrounded by a cement walkway with benches. Additionally, the pond is in the center of many activities in the park, near the bathrooms, playground, pollinator garden, pavilions, basketball courts, ball fields and a popular walking trail.
The lighted fountain would both improve the quality of the water in the pond and provide an aesthetically appealing improvement to the area. The cost of the project through the Salem Parks and Recreation Department is $2,700.
Besides those three application, the board had received two applications for projects in East Liverpool, one in Leetonia and one in Wellsville.