By Kevin Kelley
Mike Green collected a significant amount of Fairview Park-related materials during his 36 years as a municipal employee. Soon, the city’s former traffic signal technician will put some of them in a time capsule.
Green, who retired last year but continues to work as an auxiliary policeman for the city, said he’s been working on the time capsule project for two months. He had wanted to put one together for the city’s centennial celebration in 2010, but said he was too busy maintaining the city’s traffic lights.
“It’s something I always wanted to do,” Green explained. “The city has never had one before.”
Unlike most time capsules, Fairview Park’s will not be buried underground. Too often they’re forgotten about, he said. The Fairview Park Historical Society’s Deb Shell, a trained archivist, noted that time capsule items often suffer water damage from being buried for so long.
Instead, Green plans to place the capsule, actually a fire safety box, in a wall in the lobby of City Hall. His intention is that it be opened in 50 years. Then, Green said, residents of the day can add items and close it up for another 50 years.
“I’d like to keep the thing going,” he said.
The historical society will have control over it once it’s installed, Green said.
Green already obtained a letter from Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Brion Deitsch and the most recent copy of Mayor Eileen Patton’s annual State of the City speech for the time capsule. He also arranged for grade school students to write letters to children of the future explaining what life was like in 2012.
The time capsule and its contents will be on display at the city tent at SummerFest this weekend, Green said. Anyone with suggestions or items for it can send Green an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.