CHARDON — Soon, drivers heading into the city will be greeted by new state football championship signage honoring the Chardon High School Hilltoppers.

City Manager Randy Sharpe discussed with City Council members the process of reviewing different designs during a meeting on Feb. 11.

“We have a couple of mock-ups that have been designed by a company that we use to make our signs here in the city,” said Mr. Sharpe. “We are actually going to have signs printed on a piece of plywood and put up at the intersection of Grant and North Hambden.”

Mr. Sharpe asked council members, once they are alerted, to drive by those signs and weigh in on what looks best.

Chardon High School last fall defeated St. Francis DeSales Stallions on Nov. 21 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon to capture the OHSAA Division III State Championship Title after an undefeated season.

“There is going to be eight of them in the community at the different entry points that we discussed at the last meeting,” said Mr. Sharpe. “I am hopeful we can get it up pretty soon but that is our plan right now.”

Mr. Sharpe said he hopes to get everybody’s opinion during the next budget hearing.

In other business, council members approved a policy regulating the public use of and access to public space in the city.

Law Director Benjamin G. Chojnacki stated that the city manager can review and seek advice from both the law director and council members on whether usage is consistent with the policy.

“It was appropriate for us to put some clarity and some process into the methodology by which persons and entities access the public space owned, operated and controlled by the city so the idea is we’ve got a host of changing orders, directives, guidance, restrictions, every other word under the sun for what we can and can’t do during this pandemic time,” Mr. Chojnacki said. “What we wanted to do was formalize and memorialize the fact that we intend to adhere to all state orders.”

That would include state guidance on issues such as swimming pool or playground use, he added. Other considerations are practices that are exempt from state orders and permitted without additional action by the city such as First Amendment activities, campaigning, news operations and more, he said. “What we’ve done is essentially codified and clarified the process.”

The meeting was held via Zoom on Feb. 11. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

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