Bill Lamb

Upon meeting Bill Lamb the first thing one would notice is his enthusiastic and aspiring personality. All of which are attributes that would make up a great leader for an up and coming city.

Lamb was sworn into Mayor of Medina in 1982, at the age of 29, at the time the youngest Mayor in Ohio. As Mayor he intended to turn Medina into a city for the people. He wanted to bring money into the city along with attracting more people downtown to the square. He saw the beauty of the square and knew the potential it had, so he based his efforts towards making it a place people wanted to be.

He started with helping the CDC, The Community Design Committee, in establishing the buildings on the square as "Historic Buildings". This made the buildings keep their historic look, which makes them unique. To play off the historical buildings he started up the holiday festival to bring more people into the center piece of our community, the square. With the push to start it then has made it continue and turn into a tradition in Medina.

Since he strived to bring people into the square, he needed to bring more money to the businesses on the square. This led him to getting a 100,000 dollar grant, in August 1985, to renovate the rail line. The train line was not a passenger line, it was only used for the import and export of goods. With the rail line, it gave the city an alternative route to bring money and goods into the city. With more goods and money it kept businesses in Medina.

Being elected to Mayor at such a young age may have help him see the actually wants and needs of citizens of all ages. He looked at the need of senior citizens for a new program facility. He helped create the County Human Services Center. This gave them a much needed facility, for the reason that the previous one was inadequate.

With help from an idea of his wife, Elaine, he started a teen program. He saw that there Medina was such a great community but teens had nothing exciting to do.The program consisted of many different activities, but the most popular were the Rock and Roll concerts. This program brought people to the square and Medina. In addition it also gave teenagers something unique to do with the city itself also benefiting.

Bill Lamb was a Mayor for the people, looking at many different aspects of the city and it's people. His contributions as Mayor set the foundation for the city as it is seen today.

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First Campaign

First Campaign

This is from a letter during his first campaign. As seen in the picture, Lamb is very young at the age of 28 and is running for Mayor. With becoming Mayor at such a young age he brought a lot of charisma, which helped him see the needs of the young and older people. Often older mayors wouldn't see entertainment for young people has a priority, but Lamb did, which is one of the reasons he was a successful mayor. -Image courtesy of Bill Lamb View File Details Page

"The Spirit of Success"

"The Spirit of Success"

Lamb used a train as one of his propaganda pictures as an example for one of his best movements in his first term in office. The train represented his restoration of the rail line in Medina that ran through to Baltimore. -Image courtesy of Bill Lamb View File Details Page

Club Medina

Club Medina

Club Medina was one of the names for the teen program. The events held by the program caught the interest of teens across Medina. Some of the events held, brought around 2000 people to the most popular ones. -Image courtesy of Bill Lamb View File Details Page

Young Heart

Young Heart

Young heart was the name for the 1985 concert festival. The concerts were the most popular events that were held by the teen programs. -Picture courtesy of Bill Lamb View File Details Page

The Concerts

The Concerts

The concert program had about 6 concerts each year. The concerts were either held on the square or at Memorial Park. The bands that came in were either Country or Rock and Roll groups. They even had a band come that had a top 100 song. -Picture courtesy of Bill Lamb View File Details Page

Audio

Story of Teen Program

Bill Lamb discusses the teen program. The program started in 1985. It consisted of the bringing of the D.A.R.E. program being brought to Ohio from California, which was the first in Ohio. There were also band concerts on the square, pool parties, comedians and much more. The program is no longer being run. View File Details Page

World's Biggest Stocking

Lamb discusses the start of the Medina Holliday Festival. He talks about the worlds biggest stocking and its almost mention of Guinness book of World Records. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Alex Mutnansky, “Bill Lamb,” Discover Medina, accessed April 27, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/100.

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