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Blog: What Happened at the Sept. 22 Council Meeting

At-large councilman Mike Rasor shares his notes from Thursday's meeting of Stow City Council.

Below are my notes from tonight’s meeting of Stow City Council…

More on Graham Road

The mayor told the audience that I am confused about something. She wanted to contest something I said on the radio.

Last week, I told WNIR listeners that the extra engineering study on the Graham Road widening would not change anything from Stow’s perspective. Mayor Fritschel told me I was wrong and she needed to “clear the air.”

Again, for the second straight week, someone accused me of spreading untrue statements, and I immediately refuted them using meeting minutes. So here they are, from the August 8 meeting of the Finance Committee:

Mr. Rasor asked what would happen if ODOT rejected the city’s current plan.

Mr. Kosco said that ODOT was not rejecting anything. They were requesting that the city provide additional information. They agreed with the alignment as it was now. They were just asking for supporting documentation to go along with it and requesting that the cities and the consultant present that information to the public.

Mr. Rasor said that there was no option here where the $.5 million will essentially be tossed out the window and ODOT…

Mr. Kosco said that the project was going to get built.

Mr. Rasor said the way that it was.

Mr. Kosco said yes.

Mr. Rasor asked if all this was to placate the public.

Mr. Kosco said in his opinion, yes.

It always surprises me how people can pretend that things said in a public meeting were never said. If you’re going to call me out on something, make sure there is a foundation for your accusation.

Service department news

The city will soon begin resurfacing Oak, Edgewood, Paradise and Wetmore roads. … On Oct. 24, the leaf program begins. Over the following six weeks, each of the city’s three leaf districts will be picked up twice. … . Starting on Monday, you can call 330-689-2829 and put yourself on the list for snowplow assistance. If you remember, Joe Hickin and I simplified the process to cut back on wasted bureaucracy in the program.

New city engineer

After 31 years with the city, Bill Drew is retiring at the end of the month. I wish him well. Taking his place on an interim basis is Jim McCleary, who will not see an increase in salary after his promotion from assistant city engineer.

Technical difficulties

Council meetings have not been on the TV airwaves the past couple months. The city had an equipment failure and is currently waiting for installation of an electronic part so we can get back on the air.

Upcoming city events

Matt Riehl and I will hold our open hours on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at city hall. Drop by and ask us your questions or speak your mind. On Oct. 10, the Finance Committee and Planning Committee will meet, with a council meeting to follow on Thursday.

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lynnette September 29, 2011 at 04:06 AM
And thank you, Mike, for being so up-front and real--as if you are "one of us" as you participate in those meetings :) I believe you and Matt are beginning to bring back what was originally intended for Council (and other reps). Get Scott in there with y'all and we will actually know what it's like to have the People represented! At least in Stow!!

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