With the debate tonight, I doubt anyone is itching to read about the meetings at City Hall. Regardless, my notes from those meetings are posted below:
The Planning Committee discussed amending the zoning code in a manner to allow crematories at funeral homes. Stow currently has two funeral homes. A Summit County air quality expert joined the committee to discuss the impact of this activity. He mentioned that the process emits trace quantities of heavy metals and particulates (i.e., ash from bodies). … I use the Golden Rule when making decisions on zoning issues that affect a neighborhood: How would I feel if my representative voted to allow the proposed activity in my neighborhood? ... The final vote on this matter is at least a month away.
I called a Roads and Safety Committee meeting to discuss our ordinance that regulates door-to-door solicitation. There is one set of rules for commercial speech and another set of rules for non-commercial speech. Non-commercial solicitors, such as politicians, are highly protected by the U.S. Supreme Court. Law director Brian Reali pointed out that a recent case gives us reason to amend the hours in which solicitation is proper. Currently, solicitation must cease at 6 p.m. Under a recent interpretation of the First Amendment, that is too restrictive. The new legislation adapts to the evolving constitutional framework. I also added two amendment to further shield the city from liability, and more importantly, protect our residents’ civil rights.
The Finance Committee discussed the purchase of an asphalt recycler vehicle. The device costs $132,000, and we are sharing the purchase with Kent and Ravenna. By our calculations, it will pay for itself within five or six years. The device scoops up the old asphalt on repaving projects, heats it, and then reapplies it to the surface. The machine has an estimated life of 10 to 15 years. It is a great purchase for the city.
City council met for an executive session to discuss five employees. What was said behind closed doors is confidential, but the legislation is public. Through the legislation, the administration seeks to re-hire two employees who will soon “retire” because of changes to the public employees retirement system (“PERS”). This practice, known as “double-dipping,” . . .
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