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Falls Council appoints familiar name to Ward 5 seat

2/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

The Ward 5 seat on the Cuyahoga Falls City Council continues to be filled by someone with the last name of Colavecchio.

Council welcomed its newest member, Paul Colavecchio, at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Colavecchio succeeds his wife, Diana, who resigned from Council Jan. 10 after serving for seven years. She was appointed in January as the clerk of courts for Stow Municipal Court.

Colavecchio said he would serve the remainder of his wife’s term, which ends Dec. 31, and run for election for the two-year term in November.

According to city officials, Colavecchio was the sole nominee by the five-member precinct committee, which unanimously voted Feb. 6 in favor of naming him to Council. He was sworn in to office Feb. 6 at the Nervous Dog Café in Stow, city officials said.

Colavecchio, a 20-year resident of Cuyahoga Falls and a local estate planning and real estate attorney, said he is honored to serve in his wife’s place.

During the meeting, Council named Colavecchio Community Development Committee chairman and also appointed him to the Tree Board and the EMS Board of Review.

Council additionally held a public hearing Feb. 11 concerning an application presented to the city by Daniel Lynch, owner of property at 643 and 653 W. Steels Corners Road.

Planning Director Fred Guerra said Lynch is asking Council to approve placing his property into an agricultural district. He explained to Council the property currently is known as an agricultural district and the status just needed to be renewed by the city and Summit County.

According to Guerra, Lynch is permitted to own large animals in accordance with the current zoning. He added Lynch has five cows on his land located just east of Northampton Road.

“We continue to encourage agriculture in this area,” Guerra said.

Lynch said he wishes to keep his agricultural district status with the state because it protects him from any complaints that could arise. He added, however, no one has voiced a concern about his cows at this point.

During the public hearing, no one spoke out against the measure, which Council approved during the regular meeting.

Councilwoman Carol Klinger (R-at large) said she was “thrilled” to have a resident wishing to keep his property rural in the Northampton area.

Also during the meeting, Council approved legislation authorizing concrete and masonry repairs to the city-owned parking garages located at 2035 Old Town Loop (the “Blue” parking deck), 2052 Front St. (the “Red” parking deck), and 2318 Second St. (the “Green” parking deck) and the construction of a storage and maintenance building at Brookledge Golf Course.

Council introduced a new ordinance that would authorize the repair and resurfacing of Tallmadge Road from Newberry Street to a point 300 feet south of Clyde Avenue.

Also, Council introduced an ordinance that would provide various traffic control devices that would:

  • prohibit parking on both sides of Marcia Boulevard between State Road and 23rd Street;
  • prohibit parking on the south side of Shaw Avenue between State Road and 23rd Street;
  • require stop signs both eastbound and westbound on Graham Road Circle as its intersection with an unnamed connector road that connects Graham Road and Graham Road Circle, adjacent to 1050 Graham Road;
  • prohibit parking on the north side of Quartz Avenue from its easterly intersection with Boulder Boulevard;
  • prohibit parking on the north side of Boulder Boulevard from its easterly intersection with Quartz Avenue;
  • remove the stop sign controlling southbound traffic on 26th Street turning right at Sackett Avenue and install a yield sign; and
  • remove the stop sign controlling eastbound traffic on Broad Boulevard at 26th Street and install a yield sign.

Council will discuss new legislation during committee meetings, a day later than usual due to Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St. Council will have its next regular meeting Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium.

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