City Council

Sikes In '08

In the political world having the year of an election follow your name is generally a campaign slogan. For Michelle Sikes ’08 is the year for the Olympics and the destination is Beijing.
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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 11:36 AM, 09.14.2007

Pizzas, PODS, and D.A.R.E.

Council President Robert Seelie called the July 2, 2007 meeting to order at 7:40. Fewer than ten people were in the audience for this meeting as compared to the 80 who attended the last meeting.
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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 10:55 AM, 07.05.2007

Perceptions? Realities?

With summer temperatures of 93 degrees outside over 100 people with various public issues sat in the audience for the June 18, 2007 council meeting.
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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 1:51 PM, 06.20.2007

Four Projects Set The Standard

Every year there are a select few homeowners and businesses who set the standard, or raise the bar when it comes to property renovations. They provide examples of what can be done with a home or storefront to make it reach its potential.
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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:23 PM, 05.23.2007

City, Blue Star Moms, Honor Holtz

Council President Robert Seelie called the May 7, 2007 meeting to order at 7:34 P.M.

Seated in the audience were members of the Lakewood Blue Star Moms. They are the mothers of our military men and women serving throughout the world. Council member Nickie Antonio (at large) joined them at one of their regular monthly meetings which are held at Lakewood Christian Church. She was particularly impressed by the fact that these mothers carry the burden of the knowledge that their children’s daily duties put them in harms’ way.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 2:59 PM, 05.13.2007

April Fools Over

Council reporting was diverted somewhat in the past month because of attention paid to internal council conflicts and the Observer’s efforts to make up to the minute reports. Despite those detours there were regular agenda items that were temporarily overlooked but will now be revisited.
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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:18 AM, 04.29.2007

48 Hour Coup Crumbles

On Friday the 13th a caucus of four council members tried but failed to change council leadership.
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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 2:41 PM, 04.16.2007

The Budget- Really Put To Bed?

The 2007 budget has been put to bed but the budgeting process is just taking a nap.

This year’s budget which was passed in a special meeting of council calls for expenditures in the amount of $38,534,502.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 2:02 PM, 03.31.2007

The Third Branch

Several times during the year the production schedule of the Observer and the meetings of the City Council don’t match up for a timely article. In those instances I will use the opportunity to expand our awareness of other areas of Lakewood government. Meanwhile, as always, you can keep up on council actions by visiting the City Council thread on the Observation Deck.
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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:49 AM, 03.04.2007

Paving Time is Here

Vice President Michael Dever took over the gavel from President Robert Seelie who was absent and called the February 5, 2007 council meeting to order.

The first order of business was a resolution offered by Mayor Thomas George and all council members commending the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for their assistance to the safety forces during a crisis on Fry Avenue two weekends ago.
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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 2:02 AM, 02.06.07

Catch A Train? Neighborhood Car Rental?

Have you had ever thought about riding a train out to the western suburbs or downtown? Or how about a neighborhood car rental? Council put the “wheels” in motion on those two ideas at its meeting of January 16, 2007.
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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 3:03 PM, 01.21.07

Still The Best Soapbox In Town

Just as the moon presents many faces to earth, city council can have different appearances meeting to meeting. Such was the case with the meetings at the end and the beginning of the year.
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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 2:02 PM, 01.05.07


The October 17, 2006 issue of the Lakewood Observer erroneously reported that Kevin Butler submitted a proposal that included a pay raise for council members. His proposal dealt only with the position of mayor. We regret this inaccuracy.
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Volume 2, Issue 23, Posted 5:05 PM, 11.06.06

Bin Recognized, Construction Continues: Council 10.16.2006

Council and Mayor Thomas George joined in a resolution honoring Scott Dueness, Executive Director of Cornucopia, Inc. (Nature's Bin), on receiving the Cliff Adler Heart in Business Award. The Bin has become a Lakewood institution. It began over thirty years ago at the east end of Madison Avenue. It moved to its current location on Sloane Avenue where the natural foods store has just completed updates due to its popularity. It has served as a training center for special needs individuals as well offering a unique selection of foods. The Adler award is quite prestigious in the natural retail food industry.
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Volume 2, Issue 22, Posted 11:11 AM, 10.29.06

Back To Work- Council 09.05.06

City Council was back to work after its August recess, although council committees maintained their work schedules. Members heard a mid-year finance report and the public works committee continued its education on how to make Lakewood bike friendly.
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Volume 2, Issue 19, Posted 3:03 PM, 09.13.06

New Streets, Wet Streets

The June 5, 2006 Council Meeting was called to order at 7:49 by president Robert Seelie.
Quite a few rows of seats were occupied by friends and coworkers of Eugenia Gorski to recognize her retirement. Council passed a resolution introduced by Mayor Thomas George praising Gorski's long and valued service in the city's health department. George said, "she has always been a special person to us at city hall. She has always been ahead of the curve and taken the initiative.
In response, Gorski said "I choose to live in the community that I love, Lakewood."
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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 2:02 AM, 06.10.06

The Minuet Of Municipal Finance

Council president Robert Seelie called the May 15, 2006 meeting to order at 7:38 PM. The meeting began with a resolution presented by Mayor Thomas George and passed by council commending Captain James G. Petz of the Lakewood Fire Department for his many years of service.
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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 6:06 AM, 05.26.06

Budget Impasse Persists

Lakewood City Council met on March 6, 2006. The body first met at 6:15 P.M. as the committee of the whole and then transferred into a regular council meeting at 7:41. This article will report on both, since the first meeting is integral to the proceedings of the second.

The Ohio Revised Code 5705.38 mandates that a municipality shall have a budget no later than March 31 of each year.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 9:09 AM, 03.11.06

9th Inning Time Out

At the February 6, 2006 Lakewood City Council meeting, council took a time out on the important issue of a tax increase and outlined a plan for "extra innings."
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 12.00 PM / 13th February 2006.

EXCLUSIVE SERIES: The 2006 Budget Hearings- Part 3

The third session of budget hearings was held on Saturday morning. Strategies of survival and currying favor are becoming blatant. In previous sessions a selection of cookies was passed around in an almost surreptitious manner.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 09.11 AM / 31st January 2006.

EXCLUSIVE SERIES: The 2006 Budget Hearings Part 1

Last night Lakewood City Council began the 2006 budget hearings. Technically, council is meeting as the committee of the whole. In previous years just the finance committee held the hearings but council president Robert Seelie determined that since the full council will ultimately have to review the budget it might as well be in on the deliberations from the beginning.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 09.46 PM / 25th January 2006.

Let's get ready to- LEGISLATE!

Council must organize itself before it can legislate. The Lakewood City Charter prescribes the procedure.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 07.25 PM / 09th January 2006.

Council Jumpstarts 2006

At the December 5, 2005 meeting, Lakewood City Council got a head start on the next year.
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Volume 1, Issue 13, Posted 11.09 AM / 06th December 2005.

Spending, Safety, and Haluska

Council President Robert Seelie called the November 21st meeting to order at 7:40 pm. As is prescribed by the agenda, the Clerk of Council calls the roll as instructed by the president. This is usually a routine step. Mary Louise Madigan (ward 4) was absent. An absence must be excused by a vote of council members. Legislative courtesy usually prevails and the absence is excused. However, councilmember Ryan Demro (ward 2), since first taking his seat, always inquires as to the reason for a member's absence to maintain public accountability for a member missing a meeting. Council president Seelie usually does not divulge reasons for absences. Courtesy prevailed and council voted to approve the absence.
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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 03.01 PM / 30th November 2005.

36 Hours (Council 11.08.2005)

Lakewood City Council always has a meeting the evening before the Fall General Election. When the election is for our local Lakewood offices and issues, the meeting sometimes has an eerie, surreal quality to it. This article's council report will be a chronicle- one person's view- of the 36 hours from election eve through the day after the election.
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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 09.09 AM / 12th November 2005.

Mayor Vetoes Pay Raise

Council 11.20. 2006
The November 20 council meeting started with well deserved resolutions recognizing Lakewood’s athletes as they pursue their personal best and team wins.
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Volume 0, Issue 0, Posted 7:07 AM, 12.13.06