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Falls coming together for flood victims

5/29/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Council also OKs raises for firefighters

Community support continues strong for Cuyahoga Falls residents who experienced flooding during a severe storm May 12.

At the City Council meeting May 27, International Association of Firefighters Local 494 President David Witner presented a $1,000 check on behalf of the Falls Firefighters and Community Benevolent Society Inc. to financially assist local flood victims.

He presented the donation to Shannon Campbell, owner of Sugar Luv Confections in Cuyahoga Falls.

When Campbell heard flooding forced 10 Falls families out of their homes, she decided to spearhead a relief effort.

Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2) publicly thanked Campbell for taking the lead to assist the storm victims. Pyke specifically acknowledged Campbell for raising funds through a large raffle held May 26 at the Riverfront Mall Cruise In Car Show. Campbell said about 50 businesses came together to make the raffle possible.

Elizabeth Haggerty, of Pleasant Meadow Blvd., was present at the meeting to seek help, as well. When nearly 4 inches of rain quickly fell May 12, her car was parked at Ron Marhofer Hyundai, awaiting a recalled part to be replaced. She said the parking lot took on significant water and her car sustained unrepairable damage. Haggerty told Council she needs a vehicle to take her disabled son back and forth to medical appointments. She said a total of 20 individuals lost their vehicles in Marhofer’s parking lot. Haggerty said she wanted the community to know some people lost items other than homes and also are in need of help, if it is at all possible.

Also during the meeting, Council approved an ordinance authorizing an agreement between Mayor Don Walters and the International Association of Firefighters Local 494. According to the approved agreement, firefighters will receive a 2.25 percent pay raise and the current union contract will extend through June 30, 2015. The agreement also calls for current staffing to be maintained at the city’s five stations, which currently are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, Council unanimously voted down an ordinance to approve a settlement agreement between the city and Jeffrey White. Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-Ward 5) did not provide the details of the claim but said Council met in two executive sessions to discuss the matter and the issue has taken up a significant amount of professionals’ time.

Council additionally adopted legislation:

  • urging Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine to enforce existing state laws against predatory lending as they relate to the purveyors of “auto title loans” and urging the Ohio General Assembly to repeal or amend the state statute pre-empting municipal regulation of “auto title loans” and other predatory lending practices;
  • approving the findings and conditions of the major site plan for Cascade Auto Group’s new 11,986-square-foot Audi terminal at 4161 State Road and a new 7,500-square-foot detail and service facility at 4149 State Road; and
  • approving a request to apply for a $10,000 Summit County Community Grant for the creation of the Wyoga Lake Road multipurpose trail from Seasons Road to Graham Road.

Council also introduced a new piece of legislation to amend the traffic control file. If the legislation is approved next month, the following parking changes would be made in the city:

√ add signage designating southbound Lillis Drive at Portage Trail as a right lane, right turn/straight lane only and left lane, left turn only;

√ add signage designating northbound Cody Avenue at Portage Trail as a left lane, left turn only; center lane, straight only; and right lane, right turn only;

√ prohibit left turn movements into and out of the State Road entrance of Get Go at 2816 State Road;

√ prohibit left turn movements into and out of the State Road entrances of either side of a portion of the Portage Crossing development at 2855 State Road;

√ prohibit parking on both sides of all streets under 26-feet wide in the Hidden Lakes allotment;

√ prohibit parking on the even-numbered side of Hidden Lakes Lane;

√ add a stop intersection on Hidden Lake Lane at Lake View Drive;

√ add a stop intersection on Little Brook Drive at Hidden Lake Lane; and

√ replace the existing two-way stop intersection at Shaw Avenue and 23rd Street with a four-way stop.

Council will hold committee meetings June 2 and a regular meeting June 9, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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