Monday, April 23, 2012
Councilman Matt Riehl answers Patch readers' questions, complaints and cheers about his "patch" of town.
Stow Patch asked what Ward 1 citizens what they liked and dislike about their "patch" of town last week and Councilman Matt Riehl responded to the readers. Riehl said he knows there's a mix of good and bad in his area of town, as well as a mix of housing, business and amenities. "It's a big community event and it goes straight through Ward 1," said Riehl. "It draws in thousands each year." Click here for previous coverage of the parade. Ward 1 resident Ed Fisher said he dislikes the "extremely dark, unlighted streets ... I sure wish the sidewalk system was complete. Coupled with no streetlights, walking in the street after dusk is a real test in not getting run over." Riehl said he's heard this complaint before and said the choice to …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Find out how many voters went to the polls in Stow Nov. 8.
More than half of Stow's registered voters took the time to go to the polls to vote Nov. 8. Out of 23,312 registered voters in the city, 13,479 (57.82 percent) made it to the voting booth or voted absentee this general election. Here's a roundup of final, but unofficial election results from the Summit County Board of Elections: (click on the headers to go to a story with comments from candidates in each race.) Precinct 4-B, out of 30 precincts in Stow, had the highest voter turnout for the mayoral race: 474 ballots cast (70 percent). In August, during a special election, the same exact 6.57-mill 10 year levy failed by 1,688 votes. There were 4,039 votes (60 percent) against Issue 2 and 2,621 votes (40 percent) for the levy in August. …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This post will continuously be updated until the final results are in later tonight.
THE FINAL RESULTS ARE IN CHECK THE FOLLOWING STORIES FOR THE FINAL BUT UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The polls officially closed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Continue to check and refresh this post for voter counts as they are reported by the Summit County Board of Elections. When the final, but unofficial, results are in from all precincts in Stow, look for the final stories on the site about the winners. Candidates are in order of who has the most votes in each section. Last updated: 10:48 p.m. Nov. 8. Mayor: (28 of 30 precincts counted) City Council At-Large: (28 of 30 precincts counted) Ward 1: (7 of 7 precincts counted) FINAL Ward 2: (7 of 8 precincts counted) Ward 3: (7 of 7 precincts counted) FINAL, A 1 percent difference equals an automatic …
Happy voting day Stow! Show us your photos and tell us about your voting experience and later today, we'll share more photos and election results!
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. We want to know how voting is going today, but we can't do that without your help. Are the polls packed? How are the lines? Any holdups? Any problems? How long did it take you to vote? Please let us know! Also, share photos from today by sending photos from your polling location, a picture of you and your "I voted today" sticker, a photo of your political signs or snapshots from political watch parties. Patch offers five easy ways to share this information: At noon, we'll have a new way for you to participate: live chatting! Look for a widget on the site at noon that will allow users to live chat about Issue 2/Senate Bill 5.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Information voters should see before they walk into the voting booth: where you're going, who you're voting for, what identification you need and more!
Here's a few things to know before you head to the polls Nov. 8. We're newsies here at Patch, so we'll break it down to the cliche W's of journalism: Who, what, where, why and when. WHO: WHAT: WHERE: WHY: WHEN:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The grocery store is going to make more than $1 million in improvements to the parking lot and store entrance after Easter.
Acme Fresh Market is going to spend $650,000 on a new entrance and $450,000 to change its parking lot that many drivers find "totally confusing." That's what City Council President Janet D'Antonio said about the current lot and said during Monday's meeting she is "glad [they] are looking to change it." The $450,000 will be spent on realigning and resurfacing the lot and installing new landscaping islands. New light fixtures will also be added, said Robert White, a representative for the project. "We'll install high performing fixtures and eliminated several of the poles," he said. "The height will be the same but the light is more efficient and we'll get a better light pattern on the parking lot. " To get the most use out of the entrance, …
Friday, February 25, 2011
Drew pulled petitions to run for mayor of Stow this November.
Stow City Council Vice President Sara Drew confirmed the rumors are true, she is planning to run for mayor this November. Drew, 40, said she pulled her petitions at the Summit County Board of Elections and plans to file to run for the mayor's seat. The deadline to file is June 15. Mayor Karen Fritschel will be leaving office at the end of 2011 and will not seek re-election because of term limits. Drew said "I have been very fortunate to serve our community and I would like to continue serving the community in a new capacity." She is in her sixth year on council and said she feels the experience is necessary to run for the mayor's job. "I think its very important as a government, that we have someone who understands how local government …
Monday, January 24, 2011
City Council is expected to discuss its salaries for next year during the Jan. 24 meeting.
City Council will discuss its own salary for 2012 during tonight's meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. This year, councilors are making $16,610.81, with the exception of Council President Janet D'Antonio, who is being paid $17,610.81 annually, according to Finance Director John Baranek. Total, council costs the city $117,275.67 this year. The last time council took a pay raise was in January 2009 and it was a 3 percent increase, said Baranek. To find out how much council will make in 2012, check back with Stow Patch. The planning committee meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. tonight at city hall and the finance committee will begin shortly after planning is finished.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Councilman loses bid to divert money to roads fund.
City Council passed a $26.5 million general fund budget Jan. 13 at City Hall, despite a failed attempt to amend it and three no votes. Before the 4-3 vote, Councilmember Mike Rasor proposed cutting general fund spending by 1.85 percent, or $490,000. Rasor, who has frequently said he has wanted to increase the roads program budget, wanted to put the 1.85 percent into that fund. The roads program will have about $655,000 this year, under the approved 2011 budget. In 2010, about $600,000 was spent on the road program. Rasor and councilmen Matt Riehl and Joe Hickin voted for the amendment, but it was voted down 4-3. "I was hoping [the vote] would be different, but the tenor at [the Jan. 10 finance commmitte] meeting suggested that wouldn't be…
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
President, vice-president and pro tem remain the same in 2011.
Janet D'Antonio, Sara Drew and Matt Riehl are all keeping their respective titles on City Council in 2011. D'Antonio, who served as Council's president in 2010, was again voted in as president during the Jan. 3 meeting. The president of council may only serve two consecutive terms, said D'Antonio, who is in her 16th year on council. "[D'Antonio] did an excellent job last year," said Mayor Karen Fritschel. "There were some contentious times last year ... but [she] handles it very well." Drew, in her sixth year on council, will remain vice president and Riehl will continue to be president pro tem, in case Drew or D'Antonio are not available. Councilor Joe Hickin nominated Councilor Mike Rasor to be president but council voted 5-2 to keep D…