Tony Beno Recognized (and the Art of Resolutions)

Several years ago Dennis Albrecht assumed the position of City Engineer for Lakewood. One of his first major tasks was to implement an objective, engineering based evaluation of all the city’s streets. This evaluation was then used to rank the streets so that repairs and rebuilding could be prioritized. It also made street repaving less subject to politics and more responsive to actual needs. Albrecht was able to bring his background at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to bear on this project. Albrecht will be returning to ODOT to assume a major supervisory position.

But, before leaving Albrecht completed another major project for the city, which will have impact far into the future: using model ordinances, state and federal regulations, and soil erosion data to write an ordinance that was reviewed by the committee of the whole

Dever, who chairs that committee reported on storm water management. In Northeast Ohio over 100 communities are impacted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Phase II Storm Water Regulations. State and federal regulations derived from the Clean Water Act require Lakewood to develop a Storm Water Management Program.

According to the committee’s report the intent of the ordinance is to establish technically feasible and economically reasonable standards to achieve a level of storm water management and erosion and sediment control that will minimize damage to public and private property and degradation of water resources. It will require owners who wish to develop or redevelop their property to minimize sediment runoff, which is created through construction excavation, from entering the City’s sewers and eventually Lake Erie or the Rocky River. In addition this ordinance will require property owners to leave in place controls that favorably impact the quality and quantity of storm water runoff after construction.

To achieve the above goals the committee has sent to council an ordinance which outlines permit and fee structures to meet those mandates and clean water goals.

Did you ever actually read a resolution or proclamation? You know, those fancy documents with all the “whereases” and “therefores” and a fancy city seal at the bottom? Who writes these creeds anyway? At this meeting, council recognized Tony Beno who retired from his post as Public Works Director. The resolution that was passed captures the Tony Beno known by many Lakewood citizens.

Whereas, Anthony Beno was appointed Director of Public Works of the City of Lakewood in2004, and

Whereas, Anthony Beno started work in the City in 1977 at the Refuse Department working his way to Public Works Director by way of Foreman, Unit Manager in Building Maintenance, Operations Manager in Parks, Division Manager in Public Works, and

Whereas, during his tenure as Public Works Director, Anthony Beno ably and adeptly applied his many years of experience and acute understanding of Lakewood’s complex infrastructure to oversee one of Lakewood’s most expansive building booms, and

Whereas, Anthony Beno’s tasks swung daily from great to small, whether it meant dispensing directives during a waterline break or dispensing paper towels in Lakewood Park, he approached each with equal vigilance, and

Whereas, when his position called for him to attend various and countless formal meetings with business executives, governmental officials, attorneys and other big shots, Anthony Beno held to his signature no-nonsense, down-to-earth style which endeared him to the employees he supervised, because he never forgot where he came from, and

Whereas, Anthony Beno cannot be separated from his proud, Slovak heritage, which has been reflected in his many years of hard work in the City of Lakewood and is also represented in his love for family and friends and his loyalty to Lakewood, now, therefore

Be it resolved (with closing legalisms).

The resolution passed unanimously.

One of the luxuries of the Lakewood Observer is that we can dwell on some of the more esoteric but important aspects of city government. Resolutions and proclamations are part of the necessary glue that holds a community together and they truly express a city’s appreciation.

To the question of who writes these: Was it a collaborative effort on the part of members of council and coworkers? Perhaps that and a strong dose of the wit and keen eye of the Clerk of Council Mary Hagan.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 6:14 AM, 03.14.2008