Council Considers County Anti-Poaching Agreement

Council President, Mary Louise Madigan called the October 17, 2011, Council meeting to order at 7:36 P.M. The first order of business was to excuses Councilman Powers (At-Large) who was absent due to “being called out of town.” Council agreed and passed the motion.

Councilwoman Monique Smith (At-Large) then read a communication from the Public Safety Committee regarding updates to the pit bull ordinance which was passed in 2008. The new ordinance clarifies some language, particularly the parts dealing with hearings on dangerous dogs. A member of the public asked Council a few questions about the ordinance seeking some clarification on the changes. Council then agreed to pass the ordinance with the changes, after it has spent some time in committee.

Next, Mayor Michael Summers asked Council to consider passing a resolution that would have Lakewood join other communities in Cuyahoga County in County Executive Ed FitzGerald’s Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching plan. The Mayor stated that the First Suburbs Consortium spent a lot of time working on the plan and that it is much improved because of their work. He believes that Lakewood should sign onto the agreement as it lays the foundation for better regional cooperation and advancement.

Council referred the resolution to the Economic Development Committee for further consideration.

Police Chief Malley then asked Council to pass a resolution that would allow the City to accept a donation from the Estate of Margaret Mihalek to the Lakewood Animal Shelter. The amount of $28,736.81 would be put into the Kennel Donation Fund to make improvements to the Animal Shelter. This comes after the City already received a donation of $10,000 earlier this year from the same Estate.

Council proceeded to pass the resolution, accepting the great generosity.

Law Director, Kevin Butler, then asked Council to pass an ordinance that would change the word ‘superintendent’ to ‘Director of Finance or his or her designee.’ This change is being requested do to the fact that it was an error in the first place, and was meant to be "Director of Finance, etc" originally.

Council referred the ordinance to the Rules and Ordinance Committee.

Law Director Butler then asked Council to pass a resolution extending the City’s Moratorium on Internet gaming/sweepstakes cafes and computer game centers. These centers allow people to participate in gambling whose legality is in question in the State of Ohio. The moratorium was first passed in lieu of local legislation as there was a bill in the State House to ban these cafes. Since there has not been action on the bill yet, Law Director Butler would like to extend the moratorium to give the State a little more time to act. Butler also asked that the resolution be passed on its first reading as the current moratorium expires before the next Council meeting. Council agreed, and passed the resolution.

Coming to the end of a very short meeting, Council President Madigan adjourned at 8:12 P.M.

Council meetings are held every first and third Monday of the month at 7:30 P.M. in the City Hall Auditorium. The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be held on November 7, 2011. For a copy of the agenda or for any other information regarding the Lakewood City Council, you can find it at onelakewood.com/citygovern_council.html.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.01.2011