Mantua – At their last meeting, council welcomed Mantua residents Trish and Scott Snider, local philanthropists behind the Hero’s Rock charity. The couple asked Mayor Linda Clark and council members to help decorate the  horses with red and blue handprints. The Sniders are on a mission to build and deliver hand-made rocking horses to Fisher Houses  located across the country, where families of wounded soldiers are housed at no charge while their wounded soldier loved one receives treatment. “Our hope is to give a child some joy now, and to show that people across the country appreciated their loved one’s service and sacrifice,” shared Trish Snider. The Sniders are accepting sponsors for their cross-country summer road trip, where they will deliver 19 patriotic ponies to Fisher Houses on the West Coast. For more information, visit their Hero’s Rock Facebook page.

Next, Mayor Clark reported that Christ Lutheran Church, together with Hilltop Church, will be working with the Portage County Health Department to host drug prevention meetings for residents, parents, and teachers in the near future. Mayor Clark asked that citizens be vigilant in reporting to police any suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods, and to urge neighbors to do the same. Resident Joe Nairn spoke to Council, asking them to provide information on the suspected drug activity he has reported in his neighborhood. Mayor Clark assured him that the Mantua Village Police are aware of the situation, and that the Portage County Drug Task Force has also been made aware. She warned Mr. Nairn that the process takes time. Mr. Nairn expressed his desire to unite the community against those bringing drugs into the community, insisting, “Enough is enough — they don’t belong in small-town Mantua.”

In legislation, council approved a resolution establishing a rental fee schedule for the Village Park Lodge, allotting a portion of those fees to the Park Capital Improvement Fund. They also approved an ordinance authorizing Village Engineers, CT Consultants to solicit bids for the High Street waterline replacement and paving project, which is scheduled to take place this summer. In similar news, Councilman John Clark reported that the Service Committee is investigating funding options for storm sewers.

Lastly, Ms. Terri Vechery shared that the grant provider from Hiram College who funded two interns documenting Village homes on behalf of the Historic Landmark Commission will continue to provide funding in during the coming academic year.

The next Village Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm.