AUBURN — The township is working through a tentative schedule for this year’s Memorial Day celebration, trying to get as close to normal as possible during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

With vaccines now available to all adults over the age of 16 and plans underway to offer the Pfizer vaccine to local high schools, poor weather may be the only factor getting in the way.

Trustee Patrick J. Cavanagh said during the Monday meeting that he discussed with Nancy Dolezal, the township administrative assistant, a tentative, simplified version of Memorial Day celebrations, skipping the parade and the museum’s opening to the public to continue accommodating social distancing protocol.

Current plans include keeping the traditional reading of the names at Maple Shade Cemetery at 9 a.m. then hosting a speaker at the nearby Shadyside Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Mr. Cavanagh said he is still looking into contacts for music and will consider a trumpeter from Kenston High School. He said the township is working through the possibility and safety of having a refreshments tent at Shadyside.

He said the plan is subject to change due to potential outside influences, like the progression of the vaccine rollout and COVID-19 virus or poor weather.

Trustee Chairman Mike Troyan suggested the township use Adam Hall as a plan B, noting there would be enough space in the community center to accommodate the public at a reduced capacity.

Mr. Cavanagh noted the community center could accommodate up to 120 people comfortably, which would be considered a “crowd” under COVID-19 standards if that many people were to attend but would be a potential fallback for the township’s Memorial Day celebration in the event of inclement weather.

“We’ll watch the weather and we’ll just try to be ready,” Mr. Cavanagh said, “but it’s a move back toward normal, and I’d be happy to see it.”

In other news, the township ordered materials for two 2021 road projects.

Trustees approved the asphalt resurfacing of Bartholomew Road from Munn Road to Thorpe Road and Leland Trail with an estimated cost of $275,000, to be locally funded.

Trustees also approved the reconstruction of Stafford Road at an estimated cost of $975,000, which will be partially supported by Ohio Public Works Commission funding up to about $300,000 with the remaining locally funded.

Bids will be accepted for the projects until April 23 at noon, with openings that same day at 12:05 p.m.

The next regular trustees meeting is April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the township administration building, 11010 Washington St., and via Zoom.

Sam joined the Times in 2019 and covers several communities and schools in the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County. She also oversees the features/community events and the website. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.

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