plans for another volume of city's history book
By Dave Mehr
September 28, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- In a meeting with
the City Council Tuesday, Jay Hicken, a member of the
city's Historical Preservation Commission, presented
recommendations for a new volume of Providence and
Her People, a book which will be released in 2009
to commemorate the city's sesquicentennial.
The book's first volume was published in 1974 but
since then, the city of Providence has grown tremendously.
"I think there will be some very interesting statistics,"
The council was asked to organize a committee to do
research for the second volume, which will cover 35
years of history, including information regarding mayors,
city councils, growth, parks, sports, politics, education,
and religion. Portions of interviews, articles, and
photographs will also be included in the book.
"We've got qualified people," said Hicken, "there
are wonderful people in this town. I think it will be
a wonderful experience for those who like this kind
of stuff. We need to get started."
Mayor Randy Simmons stated that by Nov. 1, a committee
will be organized.
Also on Tuesday's agenda was a discussion involving
the possiblity of replacing a portion of the Stadium
8 Theater's sign with the electronic sign attached to
the building at 585 W. 100 North, where Casper's new
ice cream shop recently opened.
The building's owner, Jeff Ballard, and Randy Bitton,
a sales represtative from Young Electric Sign Company
were present at the council meeting to discuss the new
"The positioning of the sign is much better for everyone,"
Bitton said. Advertising will also be available for
tenants in Ballard's building.
Councilman Deon Johnson feels that the city will also
benefit from the new sign. "I think it's a plus for
us too," he said.
Ballard informed those present that Pier 49 Pizza
will be coming to the building complex, also commenting
on Casper's ice cream shop, "It's the nicest ice cream
shop in the state."
Mayor Simmons alerted council members of his upcoming
newsletter in October, explaining that many citizens
have been using gravel and rocks to landscape their
parking strips. According to a city ordinance, grass,
wood chips, trees, and other bushes are generally permitted
in these areas, but rocks and gravel spread onto sidewalks
and roads, becoming a hazard for residents, especially
as snow plows cause loose gravel to become airborn.
In October's newsletter, the mayor will encourage those
citizens concerned with the issue to get in touch with
their city council members.