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 …
Monday, April 16, 2012
What do you like or dislike about your area of Stow?
According to the 2010 U. S. Census, there are 8,607 Stow residents that live in Ward 1 and Patch and City Councilman Matt Riehl want to hear from you! This is the first post in a series that will run through the summer where Stow Patch will ask residents of specific sections of town what their gripes or cheers are for their area of Stow. As a follow up, Patch will address some of the complaints or praises with the respective city council representative in a follow-up story. So Ward 1, what do you like and dislike about your neighborhood? Have any questions specific to your ward? Have any problems that need to be addressed? Have a story about neighborly love to share? Tell us in the comments section. Not sure if you live in Ward 1? Take a…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Elected officials made it official during the swearing in ceremony Jan. 2, 2012.
Have photos from the swearing in ceremony Jan. 2, 2012? Upload them to this post!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Read why Matt Riehl wants to continue serving the residents of Ward 1 on Stow City Council.
Name: Matt Riehl Age: 28 Years in Stow: 28 Years Education: Case Western Reserve University, JD/MBA - currently attending. Kent State University 2006, BBA, Major: Finance Family: Single Political affiliation: Republican, according to the Summit County Board of Elections. (Council members serve the district on a non-partisan basis) Employment: LaTourette For Congress, campaign manager Position sought: Ward 1 Council Other elected positions: Stow City Council Ward 1 2008 to present Why run for election/what qualifies you to serve? What is the biggest problem facing Stow? Goals if elected? Favorite thing about Stow?
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Jon Bastock was a patrol officer for Stow and lived in Cuyahoga Falls.
Stow Patrol Officer and FOP Treasurer Jonathan V. Bastock, 47, of Cuyahoga Falls died Saturday morning. Bastock was pronounced dead at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, according to a spokesman for the medical examiner. The cause of death is pending. Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said Bastock was on injury leave for knee surgery a few weeks ago. The chief said he "tore up his knee on a call" in early January. "It's just shocking," said Dirker. "We had two chaplains come to the department today to talk with our officers ... but they aren't handling the situation really well." Bastock worked the afternoon shift at the department and his wife, Donna, and three children live in Cuyahoga Falls. Officer Bastock served as a sworn…
About 15 people came to the open hours meeting to discuss the court system with Judge Kim Hoover.
"The finances of courts are very odd, it's even hard for me to undertand sometimes," but Stow Municipal Court Judge Kim Hoover helped residents understand how much the court costs during an open hours meeting in City Hall. "You are now the biggest court that almost everyone in Ohio hasn’t heard of yet ... we serve in this district the seventh largest court population in the state," he said. But does that mean the cost of the court house is going to be too big or unmanageable? Not according to Hoover. "What I keep hearing about is that we’re costing Stow $1 million a year and you can’t pave the roads, can’t hire police [officers] because of the court," he said. "I don’t care if you’re an opponent, you haven’t heard the facts." Citing …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Have some questions about the Stow Municipal Court? Judge Kim Hoover is dropping by Stow City Hall tonight at 5:30 p.m. for City Councilors Matt Riehl and Mike Rasor's open hours meeting. Riehl said Hoover "asked to join us for office hours this month. This is the first time we have had a guest speaker." The meeting will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m. in the boards and commissions room on the first floor of city hall. "There have been many opinions and conflicting information out in the public (through letters to the editor, council meetings, etc.) about the court house construction project and the court in general," said Riehl. To get information from a judge presiding at the local court, Hoover has agreed to come to the public meeting. "…
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Rep. Steven LaTourette announced Wednesday that Stow is receiving a federal grant to hire five new firefighters.
Stow learned Wednesday that it will receive $743,741 from the federal government to hire five new firefighters and already 200 applications have been picked up, said Stow Fire Department Division Chief Lou Ann Metz Jan. 27. Of the 200 picked up, 60 have already been returned, she added. Applications are available just inside of City Hall and the city will accept applications until the first week of February. The civil service test is scheduled for Feb. 19. "It's very exciting that it's one of the larger grants in our area," Metz said. "It's a great benefit to our city." The money will help to pay the new employees for two years, explained Mayor Karen Fritschel. The city received the grant because Fire Lt. Jeff Cochran wrote the grant about…
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…
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Here are some resolutions from Stow officials.
See what some of Stow's leaders have to say for the New Year. If you want to share your resolutions for 2011, you can post a video of yourself. Or post comments in the "What do you have to say" box on the right side of the home screen. See what the mayor's, chamber executive's and a councilwoman's resolutions are here. Happy New Year from Stow Patch!