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State of the City returns to Dickinson

Mayor Scott Decker and other community leaders address the community and issues facing the residents of Dickinson in the 2021 State of the City Thursday, May 20.

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Mayor Scott Decker addresses a crowd at the 2021 State of the City Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Dickinson Public Schools North Campus. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

Community leaders from the City of Dickinson to Rep. Mike Lefor, R-Dickinson, and those of Dickinson Public Schools convened for the 2021 State of the City Luncheon Thursday, May 20, at the DPS North Campus — also known as the former Halliburton Complex.

Mayor Scott Decker provided an opening address to a full crowd, updating the audience of Dickinson leaders, business owners and community members of the city’s initiatives to create a better tomorrow. Projects include the Dickinson Downtown Square, library expansion and moving into the new city hall building, which is tentatively set for this fall.

“This is going to be a great addition to our downtown,” Decker said. “But beyond the downtown, we’re going to continue to work on other quality of life projects.”

Decker also advocated that the city needs to become a regional training center, and the first step in doing that is to launch the Southwest Career and Technical Education Academy that will be a part of DPS. He said he hopes in the future that there will become a public safety center training site for police, firefighters and other emergency responders.

“What excites me the most is participation. When I go out and I see individuals constantly participating on a daily basis in all of these different committees and the passion that you have, be it for public events such as this or public schools or Trinity Catholic Schools or any of the other facilities that provide education — Dickinson State,” Decker said. “I’m excited every day to be part of this great organization.”

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From left, Dickinson Public Schools Interim Superintendent Marcus Lewton, Dickinson Parks and Recreation Executive Director James Kramer, Rep. Mike Lefor and City Administrator Brian Winningham discuss upcoming plans for Dickinson at the 2021 State of the City Luncheon Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Dickinson Public Schools North Campus. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

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Rep. Mike Lefor, R-Dickinson, speaks at the 2021 State of the City Luncheon Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Dickinson Public Schools North Campus. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

Hosted by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual State of the City also featured a panel of Dickinson and Stark County leaders that weighed in on different community projects. Those included in the panel were recently appointed DPS Interim Superintendent Marcus Lewton, Dickinson Parks and Recreation Executive Director James Kramer, Lefor, City Administrator Brian Winningham, Ryan Jilek of Stark Development Corp. as well as DeAnn Scheeler who is the director of Mission Advancement for Trinity Catholic Schools.

Winningham provided an update on the new City Hall, with a hope to close bids by May 27 and begin remodeling this summer.

“... It’s an aggressive timeline to do this remodeling. It’s pretty busy within the area,” Winningham said. “This is one of those projects that some may not be willing to tackle, but I think it is really a touchstone for the city for the future to be able to be a part of putting our hands to work in something that’s going to be around the city for a long, long time.”

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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