My notes from last night’s council meeting are posted below:
First, some good news: The abandoned Taco Bell building by Acme on Kent Road shall be no more. Council approved last night a Little Caesers Pizza restaurant to be constructed in its place. The Taco Bell has been an eyesore for several years now. Construction of the new building will begin in early spring, with the pizza shop to open by summer. It will be for pickup and delivery only (no dining-in).
Bow Wow Beach will close for the season next week. It will be the park’s seventh year. Council was informed that attendance fell this year; competing parks are the likely cause.
Quiz time: Take a guess at what the City of Stow pays annually for electric and gas (scroll to the bottom for the answer).
City council approved the applications for several road improvement grants. Two stand out to me:
1) The widening of Graham Road between Darrow Road and Charring Cross – to include four lanes and sidewalks.
2) Adding a bike lane to Springdale. This may sound trivial, but it is actually one of the more important jobs in town. Folks on the bike trail are forced to traverse a quarter mile on a narrow road without even a sidewalk. It’s dangerous.
We discussed hiring four firefighters to replace four who have, or who soon will, leave the department. I have serious questions of whether we should be replacing firefighters before we replace police. The mayor did not seem to think it was a problem, despite her spending the prior 6 months preaching the city’s desperate need for additional police. We need more police. It’s a shame some people only want to make it a priority if we get to raise taxes in connection with it.
Leaf pickup update: District 2 will begin leaf pickup soon. District 3 will begin after Thanksgiving. The leaves are not falling as quickly as last year. The city has picked up only 50 percent of what it picked up one year ago today.
City council committees will meet next on December 9 at 5:30 p.m.
ANSWER: The City of Stow pays annually $501,000 for electric and $99,000 for gas.
Please drop by to see Matt Riehl and me tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room at City Hall.