What happened at Thursday's City Council meeting

Your councilman Mike Rasor shares his notes from the February 14, 2013 meeting of Stow City Council.


My notes from tonight’s council meeting are posted below:

ATV ordinance

Many residents spoke out against the original ATV ordinance, and some had a problem with the amended version. (Click here to read the amended version.)

A final vote will likely be on March 14. I encourage residents to keep attending meetings and reaching out to their councilmembers. More importantly, please send me your ideas on how we can make this legislation better. I will consider almost anything, with the goals being: 1) to provide the most freedom for responsible riders, and 2) to create a mechanism to deter bad neighbors.

I’m the chairman of the Roads and Safety Committee, which is the committee that considered this legislation. In that role, I feel responsible to craft the best possible bill and to inform the public as much as possible before a final vote. It does not mean, however, that I intend to vote “yes” on the final product. I have not decided on that.

My amendments passed tonight by a 5-2 vote (Riehl and Lowdermilk).

Safety Task Force

On its Web site, the city has posted a survey relating to school safety. Click here to participate. Mayor Drew said the Safety Task Force’s recommendations will be presented to council in April.

Union negotiations

City council approved a new contract for its police officer unions. The city’s lawyers and administrators have been negotiating with the unions for 10 months. The main deal points are:

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