Councilman Seeking Stow's Input for Trip to Nation's Capitol

Councilman Mike Rasor wants your feedback on which agencies to meet in Washington, D.C.

For the second-straight year, I will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to speak with federal agencies on the residents’ behalf.

Please email me if you have any agencies that you would like me to speak with. Last year, I met with the Federal Aviation Administration about the issue. I think it was fruitful.

Some residents were concerned about the flight patterns of university airplanes. I met with three FAA officials, who told me about enforcement mechanisms for when the airplanes violate FAA regulations. Those contacts have been helpful in working with the university.

Please let me know soon so I can get meetings set up quickly. For your information, this trip will be on my own dime — all of it — as it was last year. The city won’t be paying a cent.

Click here for an exhaustive list of federal agencies.

City Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 12. To see Mike's blog about city council happenings, click here.

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Don Bettio May 18, 2011 at 08:45 PM
to Sara Drew and Mayor Fritschel--since Mike is paying for his trip , who is paying for the two of you, You or the taxpayers?I think Mike is doing this as always for the good of the city, NOT THE "VOTE"
Don Bettio May 18, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Thanks for the GOOD WORK for the citizens of this city. Keep it up .
Andrew Dee May 31, 2011 at 04:06 PM
All the members of local government going are paying their own way - to go to a conference on local government. Mr. Rasor asked for input about agencies to visit. I don't know why so many people got into an angry tangent about "the taxpayers" paying for this trip, since there is no evidence that was every going to happen? I think everyone should calm down when enjoying the news, and check their facts before they start throwing emotional accusations - especially when they are based on falsehoods. Keep Stow Patch positive, I would hate for it to turn into one of those message boards with trolls attacking everything everyone says. Because I know I stop returning to those websites.
Ed Kent May 31, 2011 at 07:41 PM
I think readers shouldn't be put off or get defensive when anyone brings up a question whether taxpayer money is being used. The question was raised and answered appropriately. I don't pay any attention to accusations. I'm glad our officials respond to legitimate questions without getting defensive or reading into the simple question emotions that may not be in the writer's intention. Public comments can range from the fanatical to the simple facts and readers must not be too sensitive if something ruffles their feathers. It doesn't take long to figure out who's just trying to cause some stir and not really contributing in a profitable way. Although, most sites like this don't mind some stirring as it creates discussion and thus site hits. After all, this is a business. If this site is just for fluff then it better stay away from any topic about government, taxes, health, expenses or any other subject that reflects the cost of living in Stow. But, it's about Stow and surely all those subjects are of interest to Stow Patch readers.
Bob Adaska June 02, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Sara Drew only stated that she and the Mayor would be paying for this trip on their own. I believe that this decision was in direct response to our inquiries. The fact is previous trips have been paid using city funds; you heard that from at least two current city officials. I would bet my bottom dollar that this trip would have also been paid with city funds if it had not been for Councilman Mike Rasor pointing out the fact that he intended to pay for his own expenses leaving us to wonder about the other two going. I think it is every citizen's responsibility to question their city officials and all the way up to the top for that matter. For those of you who think things are running so smoothly, you need only attend a few committee and council meetings.


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