Here are my notes from last night’s council meeting:
A lot of controversy has surrounded police in America lately. You should know that Stow’s government stands firmly behind our officers. An anonymous resident has donated ribbons that residents can post on their mailboxes to show their support for our police. You can pick one up at City Hall. I plan to proudly display one.
Mayor Drew delivered her “State of the City” address. Notably, she recapped all of the difficult circumstances that have confronted the city government and Stow’s residents in 2014, such as a bad winter, the May 12 storm, the panhandling issue, a murder, the highest call volume in Stow’s Firm/EMS history, the North River Road debacle, and the Graham Road project.
I want to start by saying: I went to Akron. I am a Zip, through and through. But it’s hard not to be impressed with what the OSU Buckeyes have done in the past month. As you may know, Stow has a park named Oregon Trails Park. For one day only — the day of the national championship — it will be named Buckeye Trail Park. More notably, Stow High graduate Justin Pitts will be “dotting the i” at halftime on Monday night. That’s an incredible musical achievement, and his hometown is very proud.
City council will meet next on January 22.
On Friday, City council met for its annual organizational meeting. The meeting was brief.
- Council re-elected the same officers as 2014, with Matt Riehl as President, me as Vice President, and Jim Costello as President Pro Tem. The President will then choose committee chairs and assignments.
- Council voted on the Pulte development at the former Leisure Time property. It passed unanimously. I think some council members are less than thrilled with the high density, but our code currently provides for Planned Residential Developments (PRDs), so a denial would not have been proper.
- A common question I get in politics is: “Who’s your role model?” One of them is unquestionably Tom Coburn — a pragmatic fiscal conservative who seeks to be an expert in policy, not just politics. I only mention this because Tom has left the U.S. Senate, and I recently read an appropriate opinion piece about his work there. (click here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/kim-strassel-how-coburn-made-a-difference-1420155916).
- Council will meet next this Thursday for a regular meeting and committee meetings.