My notes from the Sept. 13 meeting are posted below...
-- Before the council meeting, we heard a presentation from Enviroscience, Inc., a company currently located on Darrow Road, across from City Hall. We are nearing a deal to keep Enviroscience in Stow and to have it move its headquarters to the Parks and Rec Building. As the city has cut back employment, we have found vacant areas of city buildings. Mayor Drew consolidated these areas in order to open up the entire Parks building. The terms of the deal are not yet public, but it is anticipated that Enviroscience will purchase the building from the city over time, subject to complex rules in place because the city still has outstanding bonds that were used to finance the Parks building's construction.
Anyhow, Enviroscience is a really neat company. Among other environmental services, it tests waste water for safety and preserves endangered species during construction jobs. They have 60 employees, and we are thrilled to keep them in Stow.
-- Judge Todd McKenney visited council chambers to receive a proclamation for his "Good Deeds" program, which is designed to help married couples convert their deeds to "joint and survivorship" status. This helps a widow or widower avoid probate (and the costs associated with it). Judge McKenney is not running to keep the Probate Court Judge position. That's a shame. He's a different kind of public servant. He is extremely conscientious and cares about doing a good job as much as any elected official I know. I truly hope he runs for another post in the near future.
-- Council approved the Stow-Kent Shopping Center overlay district by a 6-1 vote (Lowdermilk). The legislation makes it possible for multi-family housing to be constructed at the plaza, which may spur a multi-use development. This is no magic elixir, but it will give the developer another tool to find a long-term solution.
-- Mike Weddle, our Economic Development Coordinator, will be retiring soon. He has done a fine job at attracting and retaining businesses during my time on city council.