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City Council Votes Down Pay-Cut Petition, 4-3

For now, City Council salaries will remain at about $15,000 per year.

A aimed at reducing the pay of Stow’s government officials was voted down 4-3 by the City Council at their regular meeting on Thursday night.

If the petition had been approved, it would have allowed voters to decide in November on whether or not to reduce the salary of each council member by $6.500.

According to law director Brian Reali , the initiative’s organizers – 2011 city council candidates Brian Lowdermilk and Bob Adaska – left out necessary language in the preamble of the petition that included how the process of reducing salaries to the law director, finance director and mayor would be changed.

The petition also did not get the adequate number of signatures, council president Janet D’Antonio said. 

The voting population of Stow is about 9,700 people, and according to the council’s charter, 10 percent of the city’s residents, or 967 voters, needed to sign it. Adaska and Loudermilk only collected 888 signatures, she said. 

In a prepared statement following the meeting, At-large councilman Mike Rasor, who voted for the petition to go on the ballot said, “this was only a pretext for the good ole boy network to do what they’ve been doing for two years: protect their precious salaries.”

In other news, the council unanimously voted down a developer’s plan to park a at the Villas of Stonebridge Crossing off Fishcreek road. 

Roger Puzzitiello, president of Parkview Custom Homes, requested a conditional zoning certificate to park the custom-painted RV, which advertises his company, along Danforth Reserve Drive. 

The RV would have also acted as a rolling sales office for folks who were interested in purchasing a home within the development. 

After receiving several complaints from homeowners in the development, the council collectively agreed that it was not in the city’s best interest, and that granting the zoning permit would have set the wrong precedent for others who might have wanted to mimic Puzzitiello’s plan. 

Karen Gonidakis September 14, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Brian: What a great statement! The city is not a collections of buildings and rulers, it is the citizens. THAT's why you need to be on City Council!!
Andrew Vitullo September 14, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Mr Moyer, while I agree with your position on the role of the city law director, I believe you are missing the point of my comment. The goverment does not exist for the pleasure of the government, it exists for the service of the people. This whole argument ultimately comes down to a value proposition. Bob Adaska and clearly many others in the city don't perceive the value provided by the council is in line with their compensation for their service as council members. Ultimately, the final resolution of this value question gets resolved over time while at the polls when we elect or vote against certain politicians. Also, now there exist a perception that their may have been an overt effort to mis-lead the petitioners to inhibit the petition to be added to the November ballot. The council members that voted against the petition for the ballot leave the casual observer with the perception that they are protecting themselves without give the Stow citizens the right to decide where that value lies. It is trully up to a court to decide the legality of that language not Brian Reali. It is these types of events that upset and aggravate people that brings a call to action. I have lived most of my 48 years in the city of Stow. I have never been an activist in these issues, but clearly it is time for me to hold our local government accountable. The winds of change our upon us. Value provided and taxes taken are clearly linked at the City government level.
Andrew Vitullo September 14, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Bob Adaska can you publish the language of the petition on this thread. Thanks, Andy
Ed Kent September 14, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Very well stated Mr. Vitullo.
Don Daugherty Jr. September 15, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Thanks Jeanne, as you can see by the date I am now the "odd man out". But not to worry, because the fun is now about to begin! I would also like to say thank you to all who voted for me and supported me in the primary.This is only the beginning of what is yet to come. I will "be baack".

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