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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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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Kent City Council legalizes backyard chickens

Garrett Ferrara, Ward 1 member of the Kent City Council, talks about the urban chicken law in Kent. Kent City Council unanimously passed an ordinance approving residents the ownership of backyard chickens. According to the Food Policy Research Center at the University of Minnesota, the keeping of backyard poultry is defined as the care of a small flock of domesticated poultry, usually between one and 30 birds, for non-commercial and non-processing purposes. The council’s new ordinance allows the keeping of up to six chickens under several guidelines. Residents must only own hens. The keeping of  roosters, chicks, other poultry or fowl are prohibited. Residents do not have to obtain a

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Maplewood Career Center School Board meeting includes a tour

The Board of Education meeting at Maplewood Career Center began a little differently than most – in a welding lab.   Surrounded by metal cans full of drill bits, racks of pipes, and the fumes from welding gas and oil, the board speaks with welding instructor Mr. Britt Palmer and some of his students. Each monthly board meeting starts off with a tour of all the different programs offered by the career center.   “Most of us are very familiar with the K-12 school.” Supervisor of Business Affairs Mike Lenzo said. “This is a little different for them. So what we want to try to do is keep them apprised

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New City Hall and New Action Underway: Kent City Council Meeting

Words by: Sierra Allen, and Julie Riedel The city of Kent held its council meeting April 18, to address new concerns and legislations discussed two weeks ago. Before the official meeting, a work session took place where updates on the new city hall were given. In collaboration with Brandstetter Carroll Incorporated, a longstanding architecture firm, Kent is working towards a new city hall after spending over 30 years without one. Nancy Nozik is the architect assigned to the project. It was proposed three years ago, but real designs were pitched last summer, according to Melanie Baker, service director at the city of Kent. As the service director, Baker is responsible

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Stow City Council addresses police dispatch and taxpayer concerns

By Kellie Nock & Sam Karam In the beige council hall on the first floor of the Stow City Hall, a city council meeting began. There are two each month and this one took place on Feb. 22, 2018. President of Council, and Ward I council chair Matt Riehl lead the meeting.   After the formalities of the meeting, such as reviewing the budget and motioning for funds for various projects, a concerned resident took the podium asking why the city continues to pay its assistant prosecutor, who is accused of fraud and misusing money of multiple veterans while at the Veteran’s Association. Mr. Brian, a resident concerned about Assistant

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Heated Streetsboro City Council meeting turns sentimental as 3 members say farewells

A review of the 2018 budget and an extensive discussion on community recycling marked the last Streetsboro City Council meeting for members Tim Claypoole, Jeffrey Allen and Steve Michniak. The three at-large council members said their goodbyes in an emotional night as their terms came to end with Monday’s meeting. On Sunday, Dec. 3, newly elected council members Carmen Laudato, John Hannan and Chuck Kocisko will be sworn-in in the Council Chambers. For Laudato, who said she has attended council meetings for the last nine years, it’s an opportunity to use her knowledge to help the community. “I’m an avid researcher,” Laudato said. “I will ask and ask questions, and

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Ravenna City Council approves medical marijuana dispensaries plan

Portage County City Council officials and residents gathered on a frigid Monday night to discuss important affairs within the community. Present at the meeting were representatives Sharon Spencer (Ward I), Rob Kairis (Ward II), Matt Harper (Ward III), and Scott Rainone (Ward IV). At large representatives Bruce Ribelin, Amy Michael, and Fred Berry were also present. Council president Joseph Bica was absent during the meeting. The biggest issues that was on the agenda Monday night were ordinances 129-132, which will add medical marijuana dispensaries in Ravenna. Additionally, the dispensaries would be conditionally permitted, meaning it would be allowed in the city and companies would have to go through a process

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Kent State President Beverly Warren delivers 2017 State of the University Address

President Beverly Warren gave her annual State of the University Address and highlighted the achievements of the university and the “collective purpose” she hopes to accomplish in the future. “In these challenging times it’s not nearly enough for a university to be big,” she said in reference to the current problems plaguing colleges across the country including reduced enrollment from international students and less federal funding. In the face of difficult headwinds, she delivered a rallying call for members of the community. “Kent State is called to be different, unique, inspiring. That requires us to take a journey together. A journey of purpose.” Hosted in the Kent State Student Center

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