July 25, 2016

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Medina planning city’s 200th birthday party for 2018

MEDINA — City officials are gearing up for Medina’s bicentennial in 2018.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Dennis Hanwell presented a list of groups and individuals interested in serving on a bicentennial committee.

Council approved the formation of the 11-member committee and named a Council representative and administration representative to serve on it.

Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, will serve as Council’s representative and Hanwell’s secretary, Dawn Conwill, will represent the administration.

“Getting started early is the key to success in fundraising,” Lamb said.

“And the organization of the committee is going to be expanded to subcommittees, and it’s important we get those details in place so we can have the celebration that the community deserves to have.

“What we want to work on is something that’s exceptional, because that’s what the community is going to expect.”

Lamb said he’s excited to be a part of the committee and said his track record as an advocate for preserving the city’s history should benefit the committee.

“I’ve had a pretty strong commitment to restoration and preservation of our history, and this bicentennial is a great and exciting opportunity to showcase our history.”

Also on the committee will be Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold; Teresa Merkle, Friends of the Cemetery; Tom Borror, Medina Community Band Association; and attorney Pat Walker, who served on the committees for the city’s celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Medina County Courthouse and the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

Other organizations represented include the South Court Historic Neighborhood Association, the Archive Commission, Medina County Historical Society, Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce and Medina Community Design Committee. None of those organizations have named their representatives yet.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.