Council appoints Charter Review Commission members
By Ed Wojnaroski
Fairlawn City Council appointed five residents to the Charter Review Commission during the June 4 meeting.
Three members, Cynthia Visca, Mark Auburn and Kurt Ottinger have served on previous commissions. The two new members are Steve Hartman and Steve Matesevac.
Mayor William Roth said Ottinger served on the original charter commission for the city.
The city’s charter requires that a commission be appointed every three years to make recommendations about changes to the city charter. Neither Roth nor Law Director Ed Riegler knew of any particularly pressing issues with which the commission would deal.
“The commission would be soliciting ideas and comments, and they will propose any changes to Council for its review,” said Council President James Swartz (at large).
Also during the meeting, Council passed an agreement with the city of Akron for the repair and maintenance of city streets disturbed by water-line maintenance. Akron maintains Fairlawn water lines.
“The agreement,” said Public Service Director John Sellars, “will allow repairs to be made more quickly,” rather than the several years it can take now.
In other business:
Roth said the city is reviewing its employee health care plan.
Police Chief Ken Walsh said 85 children have signed up for the annual Safety Town program. “We couldn’t do it without the volunteers,” he added.
Building and Zoning Commissioner Christopher Randles introduced Bill Arnold, who is the new building and housing inspector.
City Engineer Nick Spagnuolo said the storm sewers under construction on Erie Drive and Mackinaw Avenue are both on schedule.
Sellars reported that sometime over the Memorial Day weekend, the hot water heater near the restrooms flooded almost all of the city’s municipal complex. He said the hardest hit room was Council chambers, requiring extensive repairs to the dais.
He also said residents can shred documents for free June 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairlawn-Kiwanis Community Center parking lot. He said there is no limit to the amount of materials that can be brought in for shredding.
The next regular Fairlawn City Council meeting will be June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Municipal Complex, 3487 S. Smith Road.
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