Falls citizens offered forum to comment on Council invocation
Citizens interested in giving Cuyahoga Falls City Council their opinions of Council’s practice of offering a prayer before each meeting have a forum in which to do so.
Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2) invited citizens to attend the March 3 Public Affairs Committee meeting to give their input. Pyke, at the Feb. 28 City Council meeting, said she had received several calls in response to a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation protesting the invocation.
The letter, dated Jan. 31, was reported at the Feb. 10 Council meeting and referred to the city law director. Subsequent news reports generated calls and email messages from about 10 residents who were in favor of continuing the invocation, Pyke said. She said the subject has generated a lot of “strong opinions,” and Council set the committee meeting to allow residents to comment directly to Council members.
Anyone wishing to speak must contact Public Affairs Committee Chairman Vic Pallotta (R-Ward 3) prior to the meeting and will be allotted three minutes to speak, Pyke said. The committee meeting will begin at 6:35 p.m.
Council approved Mayor Don Walters’ appointment of Jan Lukes to the city Tree Board. Lukes, a city resident since 1981, is a Master Gardener and has worked for 10 years as a volunteer with the city’s Adopt-a-Spot city beautification program and has worked with the city of Stow in compiling a tree inventory, said Walters.
In other action, Council:
- passed an ordinance authorizing the director of finance to purchase hardware and software to upgrade the city’s personal computers;
- passed a resolution consenting to the inspection of municipal bridges within the city;
- passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with American Municipal Power to enroll in the AMP-Enerwise Demand Response;
- passed an ordinance allowing installation of various traffic-control devices;
- approved an ordinance to issue an encroachment permit, allowing Albrecht Inc. to construct a parking lot in a portion of North Haven Boulevard abutting property at 2137-2141 State Road; and
- authorized the Park and Recreation Board to apply for and accept a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Council will hold Planning and Zoning, Community Development and Public Affairs committee meetings March 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Council’s next regular meeting is set for March 10 at 6:30 p.m. All meetings will take place at the Natatorium, located at 2345 Fourth St.
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