My notes from tonight's meeting are posted below:
-- Before getting serious, I want to poke a little fun... The city is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Now here's the punch line: The ceremony is being held because we paved a parking lot at the Senior Center. I'm serious. ... Like I told the mayor, "Now I've seen it all."
-- This was quite a cap to the 2013 year for city council. We (almost) decided the crematory issue. Council put the ordinance back into committee with hopes that suitable amendments will surface. I've said enough about this issue, so I'll let it rest. I do want to commend the Redmons for being such good, decent people during this stressful process. Here's an example: Rather than exaggerating about the facts, Bruce simply said, "We can't give 100 percent guarantees." It speaks to his character.
-- I want to reflect on 2012 for a minute. I am happy to report that this city council is the strongest since I have closely followed the city of Stow's government. The Brians (D'Antonio and Lowdermilk) have been great additions. We have a good deal of argument and discussion, but we also cooperate. From 2005 to 2008, there was too much "go along to get along" and no one asking tough questions. From 2009 to 2010, there was too much bickering (partly my fault) and not enough productive cooperation. Now we have a good mix. A lot of it also has to do with us having a new mayor whose goal isn't to divide council. And Jim Costello has done a great job as president of council.
-- I want to sincerely thank you (even those who don't particularly care for me) for allowing me to represent you. I take that responsibility so incredibly seriously. In particular, I have made it my mission to be a voice for those people who don't have a friend at city hall and don't have the time to come to city council meetings. After finishing my third year on city council, I'll tell you that I am just as passionate about that desire as the day you first elected me.
-- Council will meet next on Jan. 10 for committees, where we will discuss (you guessed it) ... crematories! Have a Merry Christmas.