City Council honors police officers
By Ed Wojnaroski
Four Fairlawn Police Department officers were honored at the Oct. 1 Fairlawn City Council meeting.
Sgt. Terrance Wisener and patrol officers Anthony Agoston, Richard Ake and Patrick Seevers received resolutions of gratitude and commendation for arrests made April 25 and May 1 that involved catching a burglar in the act.
“An officer could go his whole career and never walk in on a burglary,” said Police Chief Kenneth Walsh.
On April 25, Agoston happened on the scene of an aggravated robbery at Domino’s Pizza on West Market Street just as dispatch broadcast the incident. He pursued two armed suspects, eventually arresting one while the other was arrested by officer Brent Fletcher.
On May 1, Wisener, Ake and Seevers responded to a call from a home on Kenridge Road. They heard the suspect and then pursued him as he tried to escape. They arrested him after a struggle.
“They do a great job,” said Mayor William Roth. “I’d stack our police department up against anyone.”
Councilwoman Susan Sullivan (Ward 5) said she and the citizens of Fairlawn feel safer because of their work.
“We are very aware that you risk your lives for us,” said Councilman Steve Yashnik (Ward 6). Also during the meeting, Council heard a presentation from Yolanda Walker, executive director of the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA). Walker was there to seek support for the SASWMA’s five-year plan projecting the amount of solid waste generated in Summit County, planning for sufficient landfill space and planning for recycling programs. She specifically wanted Council to pass an ordinance that adopts the plan.
“I am required by the state of Ohio to get approval from local councils,” she said.
Fairlawn receives various grants and assistance for handling solid waste from SASWMA, such as the old- computer collection held recently. Council did pass the ordinance.
Council then passed resolutions reappointing Pete Hamo, Mike Stacy, Nicholas Spagnulo, John Hennelly, Fred Zumpano and Councilwoman Barbara Potts (Ward 2) to the Residential Flood Prevention Advisory Board. Roth said the city is required to have people on the board with specific abilities, and he was happy that all those who are currently serving agreed to another term.
In other business, Councilman James Butler (Ward 1) announced a public hearing will take place at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting set for Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Municipal Complex, 3487 S. Smith Road. The hearing concerns rezoning 7.5 acres of property on Embassy Parkway from Bath Zoning District B-3 to Fairlawn’s B-1 (Limited Business District). The property was annexed from Bath in the 1990s, according to city officials. Council has taken the unusual step of holding the hearing at the committee meeting instead of at the Oct. 15 regular Council meeting to expedite the process.
Council’s regular meeting will be Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex.
Ed Wojnaroski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.