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What Happened at the Jan. 26 City Council Meeting: Mike Rasor's Blog

At-large councilman Mike Rasor shares his notes from the January 26 meeting of Stow City Council.

My notes from last night's meeting of Stow City Council are below:

--We obtained our piece of steel from the World Trade Center, Brian Reali announced. The steel I-beam will be the centerpiece of a new 9/11 memorial to be constructed outside of city hall, near the flagpoles. The beam will sit atop a polished granite rendering of the Pentagon, with flowers surrounding the monument. It should be very nice. There is a committee charged with raising $28,000 of private money. The goal is to have it ready by next September 11.

--The city received good news with regards to grant money for road projects, including the Norton Road-Darrow Road intersection improvement, the resurfacing of Norton Road between Darrow Road and Stow Road, and the Graham Road project.

--With the mild winter, Stow is spending less money on overtime for street department workers. To date we have spent about $8,000 on overtime, compared to about $24,000 this time last year.

--The Planning Department announced an uptick in occupancy on Commerce Drive. The rate is 89.5 percent occupied, compared to 82.8 percent in September 2010. I think we need to repave Commerce Drive if we want to adequately showcase the remaining vacant properties.

--We approved the fee waiver for the Humane Society's rummage sales. I made a second motion that made the waiver permanent, and that was also approved. There's no sense in holding an annual meeting over a $50 fee. A business wouldn't do that.

--The council unanimously approved the changes to the building code. I proposed an amendment, which was also unanimously accepted, to repair wording and clarify one section of the code.

--The council also unanimously approved the contract with the village of Peninsula to perform their building inspections. Since the Monday meeting, I made several changes to the agreement to better protect Stow's interests. These changes were incorporated into the final approved version.

--Please note that Matt Riehl and I will hold our open hours on Tuesday, February 7 at City Hall, in the second floor conference room at 5:30 p.m. Please drop by and say hi, or ask us questions. We're happy to have as many visitors as possible.

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Debbie S. January 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I really appreciate this form of communication about the city council meetings. With kids at home who need homework help and have lots of evening extra-curricular activities, it just hasn't ever been a priority for me to attend, but I do appreciate being kept informed.
Amanda Harnocz January 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Thanks for reading the update Debbie! Glad Mike's blog can keep you in the loop.
Meg Griffin January 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I agree with Debbie! It is hard with my work schedule to attend. But, also want to be kept informed, especially from the council's point of view. Thank you, Mike, for all of your hard work.And, thank you, Amanda for keeping us informed on such a timely basis.
Jack Kelly January 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
This is a nice update to see what's going on. Personally, it's good to hear about Commerce Drive (since I use it daily to/from work) & that there is positive movement in occupancy. For awhile, it seemed like this area was simply being neglected & not being marketed in favor of that "business park" along Hudson Drive (between Commerce & Seasons). I agree (wholeheartedly) that that road needs to be repaved. It would make it more attractive for everyone.

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