Ravenna City Council meets to decide on new ordinances

Ravenna City Council passed five ordinances unanimously at their Nov. 2 meeting, many of which pertaining to financial decisions for different aspects of the city. Ordinance No. 2020-122: An ordinance to accept, record, and appropriate the ODNR outdoor discovery grant for the new parks & recreation department archery program, and declaring an emergency.  Ordinance No. 2020-123: An ordinance to approve the purchase of cyber insurance from At-Bay Insurance Services, LLC for the sum of $7,292.00 and declaring an emergency. Ordinance No. 2020-124: An ordinance to authorize the mayor to accept the 3rd Federal Cares Act Coronavirus Relief Distribution of $409,402.09 and to appropriate the funds and declaring an emergency.  Ordinance

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Kent City Council passes emergency motion banning mass gatherings

Kent City Council’s Oct 21. meeting continued further discussions on preventing the spread of coronavirus, including an emergency motion to approve a ban on mass gatherings. The council previously heard from the city’s Public Health and Safety Committee on Oct. 7 in which the council voted 6-2 to approve ordinance 2020-97, which limits mass gatherings to 10 or less people. With the council’s initial vote to approve the motion, the ordinance was expected to take effect on Nov. 7, as it was not approved on emergency due to Councilwoman Tracy Wallach’s absence during the Oct. 7 meeting. Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer Bish elected to reconsider the motion in order to approve

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Kent City Council Committee sets ordinance at meeting prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 starting Nov. 7

KENT, Ohio — The Kent city council committee voted to implement an ordinance to prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people during their monthly city council committee meeting Wednesday evening. The meeting started with a discussion on the Committee of the Whole’s topic about diversity hiring policies and practices, which dominated the discussion for the first half of the meeting. The topic was discussed specifically in relation to the police and education departments, strategizing ways for them to do better. The Health and Public Safety Committee’s topic was up next, regarding the prohibition of mass gatherings. This topic was also a highlight of the evening, dominating the conversation for

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Portage County Commissioners declare Racism a public health crisis

On Sept 11, the Portage County Commissioners declared racism a public health crisis in the county. The Portage County commissioners followed in the footsteps of six counties in Ohio, along with the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Kent City Health Department and the Portage County Democratic Party. “It declares racism a public health crisis. It says that our county is going to work in all the ways that we function as a county to promote equity, whether that be in hiring, purchasing, contracting or the policies that we promote,” Portage County Commissioner, Kathleen Clyde said. “We are also going to support, lift up and amplify organizations that are

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Kent City Council

Kent City Council passed an ordinance to rezone a three acre parcel located at 200 West Williams St. in Downtown Kent. The zone was originally labeled as an “industrial zone” but two weeks prior to the April 17th City Council meeting Tom Meyers and his committed proposed the three acres be rezoned to “commercial-downtown (C-D.)” Meyers has 15 acres of land on Williams St. but is only rezoning the three acres. “Although this parcel has had railroad tracks run through it over the years, it has never had any serious use as an industrial piece of property. In fact, it was probably zoned that way because an industrial operation owned

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New City Hall to consolidate management departments, bring ‘city campus’ feel to Kent

In an effort to bring the bulk of city management under one roof, the City of Kent plans to construct a city hall in 2020. Gwen Rosenberg, councilwoman-at-large for Kent City Council, said having a designated city hall building will be a first for Kent. “There was a vision to have a sort of city campus, with a police department, fire department (and) city hall,” Rosenberg said. “The city hall as it was was kind of broken up into different spaces.” Consolidation of many of the city management departments will help round out this vision. The city hall will be constructed in place of the old police station on the

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Point of order called on Streetsboro mayor during council meeting

Words by Ashton Vogelhuber   Streetsboro’s mayor had a point of order called on him during a heated argument at city council meeting.   The argument began on Monday evening when Carmen Laudato, the finance committee chair, made a speech about her thoughts regarding the tax increment financing, TIF, agreement with Streetsboro City Schools.     Laudato stated that in the last meeting, she directly asked Mayor Glenn Broska if they had met with the schools and if there was an answer yet.   “The mayor denied there had been an answer given,” Laudato said. “I have since learned from the school officials there was a meeting that took place

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Honoring those who helped Kourageous Keith

By Linda Stocum The committee meeting room in Stow City Hall was full Thursday night as the city council honored members of the community for raising money for Kourageous Keith. Keith was a local 12-year-old boy who battled a rare form of cancer called undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma. He gained support from the community through social media.  On October 21, the community met at Stow-Monroe highschool and held an early Christmas parade for Keith. He rode in a firetruck and wave at the community that helped put the parade together. At the event, merchandise was sold, and it raised money for Keith’s family. Later, Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Foundation gave the family a $10,000

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Ravenna City Council Hoping to Honor Deceased Resident’s Request

Ravenna City Council is looking to develop the back portion of Maple Grove Cemetery with help from the Urban Design students in the Kent State University College of Architecture. Maple Grove Cemetery is the main cemetery for residents of the city of Ravenna and its township. Its start came in 1813, according to Record-Courier, which makes it one of the “oldest continuously used public places” in the area. In 1880, a group called the Ladies’ Cemetery Association was founded and helped to expand and develop Maple Grove Cemetery. Originally called Evergreen Cemetery, the association helped plant maple trees all over the land to give it the name that it is called now.  In

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Kent council hopes for voter support on charter amendment

Kent voters will decide Tuesday whether they want to amend the Kent City Charter to make it more difficult for citizens to force a recall election. The proposed amendment, on the ballot as Issue 16, would require citizens to collect signatures from 25 percent of Kent residents who voted in the previous presidential election and provide a “verified statement as to why the recall is being sought” to initiate the process. A recall is a process that allows citizens to remove elected officials from office. Currently, the Kent City Charter only requires petition signatures from 20 percent of voters in the previous municipal election, which often see lower turnout than

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