My notes from last night's council meeting are below...
-- Matt Riehl started the meeting with a solemn moment of silence for Lt. David Rylander, a Stow resident who was killed in Afghanistan nine days ago. I offer my prayer and deepest condolences to David's friends and family. It was Aug. 2, 2006 when I lost a close friend in Iraq. The rollercoaster of grief and pride in what both Lt. Rylander and my friend Joe Tomci did for our nation is hard to comprehend. The calling hours for Lt. Rylander are tonight at Redmon Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral procession will begin from the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, heading south on Darrow, west on Kent, and south on Route 8 to The Chapel on Fir Hill.
-- It was about 15 months ago that Stow lost another man in the line of duty: Jonathan Bastock. Next week, they will be adding Bastock's name to the National Police Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Chief Lou Dirker will be there, along with others. Councilman Riehl and I will be in Washington next week, and we plan to visit the wall.
-- I was pleased to make a motion last night to authorize the hiring of two new police officers. This will bring our staffing up to 38 officers, which is still down significantly from our peak of 44. The two new officers will be sworn in sometime this summer. They will help secure two of our three shifts. More are needed, but this is a good start.
-- Council voted on the storm-water policy that I have discussed on this Web site for the past few weeks. I made an amendment to strike out the following language:
SECTION 12. The City of Stow may decline to address off street drainage issues that have been created and/or aggravated by either the construction or placement of a structure or the alteration of natural water flow, especially any drainage issues that are located in designated floodplains or floodways.
My amendment passed unanimously. The legislation, as a whole, passed 6-1, with Brian Lowdermilk voting no. Council unanimously passed all other legislation that I mentioned on my website from Monday's meetings, as well.
-- As I said above, I will be in Washington, D.C. next weekend with the primary purpose of networking with other elected officials, sharing best practices, and so on. This trip is not funded with taxpayer dollars whatsoever.
-- City council's committees will meet next on Monday, May 21, with what appears to be a busy night of legislation.