Updated: Feb 24
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Our first Committee of the Whole Meeting took place on Monday, January 13th. The meeting began with the introduction of Mayor George’s appointments to the position of Director of Law, Brian Corrigan, and Director of Public Works, Roman Ducu. Both appointees shared their experience and vision for their departments. Mr. Corrigan shared a childhood memory of being left behind at Kaufman Park when his family was looking for a home in Lakewood. He found it not too surprising being that he was one of ten children! We also learned that Mr. Ducu was born on Robin Street and is fluent in Croatian and Romanian. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. I am confident that they will competently lead their departments and I look forward to working with them.
The Planning & Development Department, along with the President of Scalish Construction, Frank Scalish, provided Council with a thorough presentation of the development process and Mr. Scalish’s vision for the former Trinity Church site. Mr. Scalish shared that he has been a Lakewood resident for 10 years and that is why this project has a strong focus on community and sustainability. This project will contribute to the vitality of the Detroit Avenue corridor, provide shared green space, and successfully preserve and reuse a 98-year-old structure. As of now, there are no plans to add first floor living spaces to the site. I suggested to the group that they consider working to add at least a couple of first floor living options to their plans. I believe that it is important that we create first floor living options whenever possible to make Lakewood a more accessible place to live.
Council also discussed the process to fill the seat that was vacated by Mayor George. After an open discussion we decided to approve the following schedule:
I am looking forward to reviewing and interviewing the applicants.
County Informational Meeting
On Thursday, January 16th, I joined newly elected leaders from throughout Cuyahoga County for an informational meeting held in County Council Chambers. The meeting was spearheaded by Ward 2’s very own Michele Pomerantz. I learned about the numerous opportunities that we have to connect and collaborate with the County for the benefit of Ward 2 residents.
H2O HOME ALONE Program
On Wednesday, January 15th, I attended the H2O’s inaugural HOME ALONE program. This program was created after H2O student leaders learned that children staying home alone for the first time were unprepared for an emergency and were sometimes scared. During this program, the high schoolers gave six safety presentations to students ranging from ages 9-12 on topics such as how to call 911, basic first aid, and internet safety. During that time, the parents received safety information from members of the Lakewood Fire Department and EMS, the Lakewood Police Department, and an investigator from Westlake Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Against Children Unit. The information was valuable, and I was incredibly impressed by H2O’s student leaders. You can learn more by clicking here or by going to their Facebook event.
ROE YEAH! A Midwest Fest to Protect Abortion
Michelle and I attended the fundraiser for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, ROE YEAH! at Mahall’s this past weekend. The event was fun, well-attended, and raised nearly $5,000! Congratulations to the event organizers and volunteers!
One Community Reads
I invite you to join me in reading Palace for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg for One Community Reads 2020. Lakewood Public Library will be hosting several events to accompany the book starting with Lakewood’s Shared Spaces: Panel Discussion, which will be held Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM in the Main Library Auditorium. For more information visit www.onecommunityreads.com.
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