Former Councilman Bob Adaska Running for At-Large Seat

Adaska recently filed his petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections to run for an at-large seat in November.

Former City Councilman Bob Adaska, who was a councilmember from 1990 to 1994, filed his petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections to run for an at-large seat in November.

Adaska, 55, has lived in Stow most of his life (48 years) and said he wants to jump back into public service because he "sees the need for an advocate for the service department and safety forces," he also said he would like the city to focus more on redevelopment, especially in the Stow-Kent Shopping area.

"Many improvements have been made to this area," he said. "However, more work needs to be done."

When he was on council, Adaska served as the chairman of the roads and safety and public improvements committees.

If elected, Adaska said he will suggest taking a "comprehensive look at the condition of our roads and other infrastructure and establish a short- and long-term plan on getting the maintenance back under control."

An issue Adaska was passionate about when he was first elected, sewer services, is something he'd like to focus on again in Stow.

"I want to extend city water service to those families who still do not have city water," he said. "I want to continue to upgrade water service throughout the city and revitalize our parks and neighborhoods."

He would also like to focus on economic development and job growth. "Building homes creates good solid jobs for our youth and provides a tax base for the city and schools," Adaska said.

But, "most importantly," he said, "we need to avoid allowing our citizens to be an afterthought, but the main reason for our community."

Although funds aren't as high as many officials would like, Adaska said he will still strive to "provide a clean and safe environment to raise our families and to maintain our roads and other infrastructure."

Bob Adaska has owned R. G. Adaska Construction for 33 years. He graduated from , has a technical degree in Jet Aircraft Maintenance, is an honor graduate of the Carpenter's Apprenticeship Program and took career courses in construction management and job safety. Adaska has lived in Stow for 48 years and has been married to his wife, Pamela, for 30 years.

For more information, visit Adaska's website.

C. Toth April 23, 2011 at 06:17 AM
I have known Bob for 33 years, He has provided us with many services through out the years and has always been honest and fair. He would be a good person for the job needing to be done. C. Toth
Andrew Dee May 13, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Mr. Adaska, I'm curious if by "building homes" you mean contributing to the sense of community here - or literally building more residential housing? In the current economic climate with the number of empty houses, it does not seem like a logical decision to increase supply when demand is down. Not trying to start an argument - just wanted to know your stance on that issue.
Bob Adaska May 13, 2011 at 07:03 AM
Andrew D. Having been a builder for over 30 years I am looking out for my industry too. The City recognized a few years ago that new Residential Construction put a strain on the Schools and City resources. The Study the City commisssioned, revealed that the tax revenue per acre developed was highest for Light Industrial and Industrial type development and required less overall City resources. Overnight, between the economy going bad and the City Leadership deciding to move away from Residential Development, put a lot of good people out of work. Not everyone is suited for college. The building trades enabled many families to raise their children and flourish in our community. There were summer work programs to teach our youth hands on construction skills and to better prepare them for their adulthood. I know because I have trained many young men, some of which remained in the construction field, and others who are now better prepared for their new careers. If I am elected to Council, one of my goals will be to suggest looking at some of the older non-historic areas of our City and encourage some re-development. This may create some badly needed jobs for the building trades and create new opportunities for our young men and women, who might be looking for an alternative to college and want to choose a career in Home Building and/or Home Restoration.
Ed Kent May 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Did the tax revenue study that was conducted primarily focus on the benefit to the city or did it also include levy tax revenue to the schools which is generated mainly from residential property? It seems those communities that allow new residential construction also end up with more revenue for the schools, albeit more strain on city services. Yet, another reason we need to be looking at new ways to fund schools such as a broad based sales tax, possibly at the county and state levels, instead of property taxes. Do new industial businesses get by without paying property taxes thru incentives in order to get them to move to Stow?
Bob Adaska May 13, 2011 at 01:38 PM
New companies who promise to bring badly needed jobs ( income tax revenue ) for the City are in most cases being granted property tax abatements of up to 100% for as much as 25 years. Last month one such company actually came to council to amend their contract which would have required them to create 12 new jobs this year as part of their tax abatement agreement. Apparently they claimed the economy has hindered their company's growth in this quarter preventing them from expanding. The request was approved. Remember, when the City grants a property tax abatement, the City must still pay the Schools for their share of the abated taxes. This too puts a strain on City resources ...at least in the short term.
Ed Kent May 13, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Thank you Bob for your answer. Do you believe the city's purchase of Fox Den Golf Course was a financially beneficial thing to do in the long term?
Bob Adaska May 13, 2011 at 02:59 PM
This is a politically charged issue Ed. I'll answer the question this way. If I were on the Council when this decision to buy the golf course was made, I would have recommended against. My wife and I firmly believe that these types of services are better provided by the private sector. City government in my opinion should focus on maintaing basic services like road maintainence and safety services. The other point is that at least up til now, those that do not golf are helping to subsidize those that do in the form of lower cost fees. I recognize the unstated benefits such as maintaining this vast open space for future generations to enjoy and the benefits to our youth who have used this resource to open up new opportunities but where do we draw the line. Under the current economic conditions, the City can not continue to provide basic needed services without seriously considering a tax increase or limiting some of it's current obligations. We built a beautiful meeting place up at City Hall for the citizens to come together and decide these important issues. The way it is supposed to work is that the citizens give their views and then their seven representatives vote on their behalf. In the absence of the citizens at the meetings, our representatives have had to use their best judgement to decide these issues. Sometimes they get it wrong and sometimes external forces beyond anyones control prevent things from going as planned. I think this may be one of those times.
Ed Kent May 13, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Once again, thank you for such a quick answer and your sincere opinion. I agree that the representatives need more feedback from those they represent. Unfortunately, many of us including myself must work 2 jobs to continue living here in the midwest where utilities, taxes and other costs are more than in the south where many are moving. Therefore, it is difficult when you work 7 days a week and evenings to make it to the meetings. I suggest an online place where registered Stow citizens can comment on proposals directly on the city's website. Our representatives would end up with a lot more feedback and not depend on just those who happen to have time on a particular night to come to a meeting in-person. Technology can be a great friend.
Bob Adaska June 03, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Actually Ed you can leave your suggestions right here on Stow.Patch.com as you have been. I would say that the majority of your council members as well as the candidates running for the next term are reading all our comments with great concern. This is a very important election for the residents of Stow this fall. Due to term limits, we are electing a new Mayor. The Law Director is up for re-election as well as the Finance Director. Plus all seven Council seats are open. City Officials are not use to the public having a medium quite like this one to voice their concerns in real time. I would think that you have their attention.
Ed Kent June 03, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Thank you Bob. The only problem with using sites like this as the main method of voicing an opinion about a local matter is the fact that others who may not be registered voters in Stow can pretend to be a Stow voice in a discussion. Not everyone who registers on this site is actually in Stow. I am a Stowite, a registered voter and a proerty owner in Stow. It's basically the honor system here, so our leaders must descern carefully whether a comment is truly from a Stow resident when they make political suggestions. There are groups that are very good at infiltrating forums to slant public perception. Groups, such as unions, who stand to gain financially from taxpayer money are the ones who do that the most and infiltrate debates when they aren't even from that local area. I don't believe that has happened yet on Stow Patch because it's so new.
Bob Adaska June 03, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Ed, What's this world coming to. Where is the honor?
Stow Resident June 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Bob, you will be getting our vote. You actually care about the residents of this community and that is something that is lacking on city council.
Ed Kent June 27, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I will be voting for Mr. Adaska because he engages the residents, he listens and responds. I'm glad he's concerned about the non-voters and communicates with them. Although I'm a voter, many times I feel like giving up as many others feel the same way. We elect people, but then become disillusioned as they make decisions based on the big groups such as unions and other special interests. They begin to only pay attention to what will get them the most votes and that means organizations. That leaves out a lot of people. We also get voter fatigue and think "what's the use" when we vote down a tax issue only to see the same issue appear 2 more times in a year until the supporters finally get their way as they break the people down. Yet, if a tax levy gets passed even by just 1 vote, those who voted 'no' never get another chance to get the issue on the ballot as easy as school boards do. No, they don't get to bring it before the people again so easily. The system is flawed because those who are in charge are also paid with tax dollars so they're already stacked in favor of any group seeking tax increases. That is their mentality and way of life. It's understandable. But, all of this causes many voters to feel their vote doesn't really count. After all, their vote may get basically thrown out in a few months when the issue comes up again. The same tax issue should not be permitted more the one time within a year on a ballot. Listen to voters the first time, and then wait a year.
Robin Anderson June 27, 2011 at 09:54 PM
And the likes of the Koch brothers or the tea party movement wouldn't use the same anonymous tactics, politics being what they are and all, Ed? Yeah, right...a life-long resident of Cuyahoga Falls.
Bob Adaska June 28, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Well thanks for your support of confidence in me Paul. I do think that Mike Rasor, Matt Riehl and Joe Hickin deserve a great deal of support as well. These guys work overtime to try to resolve these difficult issues and to try to prevent the residents from continuing to have to deal with this stuff like you and your family has had to do. Hope your holiday is a great one! Bob Adaska
joseph July 22, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Bob I as well as my family will be voting for you. I can tell your true conserns are for the city of Stow and the residents.
Bob Adaska October 21, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Most of you know by now that I am running for council-at-large. I am doing so because I feel that I can make a difference for all of us. It concerns me that we always have this division in Stow. It has been suggested to me more than once to not bother knocking on the doors of those who do not participate in elections. That it is a waste of time. I disagree. During my last campaign for council, I actually carried voter registration cards with me as I canvassed our neighborhoods. There was one incident where I came across a gentleman who was very interested in our local politics but had never voted. With a little shame he confided that he never learned to read or write and that he was too embarrased to ask for help. I helped that man register to vote that day and for the first time in his 50 years he was able to participate in our elections. I remain friends with this man and he continues to vote with a great deal of pride to this day. So you see, it should not always be about us and what can you do for me, but what can I do for you to make you be a better person. I think it is very important to reach all of our residents whether they vote in our elections or not. I am sure they are still paying plenty of taxes which in turn benefits all of us and our children. So yes I will continue to knock on all the doors throughout our City. Maybe if more of our elected officials felt this way and encouraged more participation, we would become more united and less divided.
Stow Resident October 21, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Bob, you would be a welcome addition to city council. I only hope that the voters here realize the good that you would do if elected. Fingers are crossed.
Michael Rhea October 21, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Mr. Adaska, the problem still remains that we already have a lot of vacant homes and buildings in Stow. If they can't sell them, how is that bad city leadership to move away from residential development?
Michael Rhea October 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM
"Apparently they claimed the economy has hindered their company's growth in this quarter preventing them from expanding." And you don't believe them? I agree that tax abatements mean less money to the city. I also think the company staying in business is pretty darn important. It keeps people working and that company, and their employees, are still paying taxes. They are getting materials from other businesses, who pay their share of taxes... So, would you have ended their tax abatement and risked the company going under?


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