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Rasor's Blog: What happened at the Sept. 13 Stow City Council Meeting

At-large councilman Mike Rasor shares his notes from the Sept. 13 meeting of Stow City Council.

My notes from the Sept. 13 meeting are posted below...

-- Before the council meeting, we heard a presentation from , a company currently located on Darrow Road, across from . We are nearing a deal to keep Enviroscience in Stow and to have it move its headquarters to the Parks and Rec Building. As the city has cut back employment, we have found vacant areas of city buildings. Mayor Drew consolidated these areas in order to open up the entire Parks building. The terms of the deal are not yet public, but it is anticipated that Enviroscience will purchase the building from the city over time, subject to complex rules in place because the city still has outstanding bonds that were used to finance the Parks building's construction.

Anyhow, Enviroscience is a really neat company. Among other environmental services, it tests waste water for safety and preserves endangered species during construction jobs. They have 60 employees, and we are thrilled to keep them in Stow.

-- Judge Todd McKenney visited council chambers to receive a proclamation for his "Good Deeds" program, which is designed to help married couples convert their deeds to "joint and survivorship" status. This helps a widow or widower avoid probate (and the costs associated with it). Judge McKenney is not running to keep the Probate Court Judge position. That's a shame. He's a different kind of public servant. He is extremely conscientious and cares about doing a good job as much as any elected official I know. I truly hope he runs for another post in the near future.

-- Council approved the by a 6-1 vote (Lowdermilk). The legislation makes it possible for multi-family housing to be constructed at the plaza, which may spur a multi-use development. This is no magic elixir, but it will give the developer another tool to find a long-term solution.

-- Mike Weddle, our . He has done a fine job at attracting and retaining businesses during my time on city council.

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Larry Kinnan September 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Just a quick clarification. Mr. Pribonic abstained from voting on the overlay district. Multiple residents including myself have raised concerns as did Mr. Lowdermilk regarding allowing up to 450 residential units on this site. While we all agree Stow Kent Plaza has been ignored for decades by the developer, it is curious why the city would give him this change without ANY firm plans for what will be done. This was stated by the developer at the public hearing and at last night's council meeting. When questioned by residents after the vote the developer chose to ignore them and left.
I.M. Wright September 14, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Council did not give the owners of the property free reign to do whatever they want. They simply approved a zoning MEASURE -- that's it. The property owners/developers will still need to submit for approval any plan FIRST. When plans are submitted for council's approval, there will be public hearing(s) on those. Then council can either approval or deny their plans. This vote is just the first step. And you ran for Mayor and don't know this basic stuff? *sigh* It's obvious you do not. And the developer has every right to ignore questions being pelted towards him from the peanut gallery. I would agree w/the concerns about that high number IF proposed. Stow already has way too many multi-resident homes (rentals) as it is.
Larry Kinnan September 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Frankly your comments are as usual a waste. Yes we are all aware of the process involved here but it is not usual that not even a concept plan was presented. A far as the peanut gallery were you even present during any of the meetings? These questions were raised in the context of the hearing and still no answers. If you really want to engage in the community please come out of your basement and use a real name.
Melissa Bysura September 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Tee hee.... Larry got you on that one I.M. Annonymous! lmao
jiim may September 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Nice one larry!!!!

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