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Huron council OKs plans for magazine

Andy Ouriel • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Huron residents should start seeing many community-enhancing initiatives crystallize right in front of their eyes.

But they can soon read about them from the city’s angle, too.

Huron city council recently approved spending upward of $21,000 in local taxpayer funds to publish 7,500 copies of a 20-page magazine, informing people about area progress.

By this summer, city administrators plan to mail a copy to each Huron household, with several dozen placed in popular public spots.

Some leftovers will be inserted into Lake Erie Living Magazine, a publication featuring articles and photos of Ohio’s north coast.

“We want to showcase the community for private investment and redevelopment opportunities,” Huron city manager Andy White said. “We also want to tell the story of our city”

Among the stories the magazine could tell:

•The city landed $8.3 million in state funds to acquire the former ConAgra property and implode it for potential on-site business opportunities. Other area improvements include officials building a 10-acre boat launch and establishing a public walking trail.

•City officials are enhancing or establishing many pedestrian pathways, including constructing the 1.25-mile path running parallel to U.S. 6, connecting Huron High School to Woodlands Intermediate School.

•The city is improving recreational assets, such as the North Main Pier, Fabens Park and Nickel Plate Beach.

The magazine should also motivate people to learn about what’s to come, city councilman Brad Hartung said.

“We want to get the word out to a larger market about what is happening in Huron” Hartung said. “We are trying to be progressive, and we are one of the few communities in this area doing that”

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