COLUMBUS GROVE — The pandemic may have put the kibosh to Christmas in the Park, but it can’t keep Santa Claus from coming to the village of Columbus Grove.

During the village council’s last meeting, members laid out plans for a visit by the Jolly Old Elf. Santa will arrive on Sunday, Nov. 29, and, with assistance from the Columbus Grove Fire Department, tour the town, passing out goody bags to “all the good boys and girls.”

Included in the bags will be a special treat. In keeping with the spirit of the season, and emulating Santa’s largesse, Grove’s own Jobi Watkins donated over 600 Little Debbie snacks.

Although making the rounds, Santa, well aware of the accelerated spread of COVID-19 in the county, will maintain appropriate social distancing. Consequently, there will be no opportunity for the traditional pictures with St. Nick.

Council was also informed of a community effort on the part of Leo Club members from Columbus Grove Schools.

Originally scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15, high winds made leaf raking a bit less than ideal. However, the storm didn’t cancel the effort, but simply postponed it.

“We have a list of community members who would like some help getting their leaves raked up,” Kristal Pingle, High/Middle School secretary said. “So, once we’ve set a make up date, all of the Leo Club members will meet, there will be a group designated to each yard, and they will go out and get those cleaned up.”

On a more serious note, Councilor Pete Langhals brought up a concern regarding semi traffic along Elm Street.

“It is a tight squeeze when they come in on Elm Street and turn onto Sycamore Street,” Clerk/Treasurer Shana Kerns said. “The sign has been taken out several times.”

After discussing the issue, council recommended that village police officers observe the situation, and do what is reasonable to redirect those semis delivering product to village businesses.

In other business, council:

• was advised that the Veteran banners hung in recognition of Veterans Day will start coming down, and village employees will begin decorating the village for the Christmas holiday. On the subject, Village Administrator Jeff Vance recommended hiring Gabe Verhoff at a rate of $9/hour to assist with the effort.

• was informed of the near completion of work along Broadway Street. At present, Vance said there is just a little brick work left to do.

The next regular meeting of council is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the community building adjacent to the municipal pool.