February 5, 2018 City Council Meeting Recap

My apologies! Due to a camera malfunction, I was not able to get video of the 2/5/2018 Bedford City Council meeting. The issue will be fixed before the next meeting. I still have the re-cap of what occurred.

In the Regular council session we talked about:

– The City of Bedford honored Boy Scout Matthew Hunter of Troop 233 for becoming an Eagle Scout.

– The Davey Tree Company will cutting trees back this month in Bedford for the Illuminating Company

– There are 2 upcoming programs that residents may be interested in. They are:

– On May 2 at 6:30pm, the Heritage Home Program will be stopping by to talk to residents about what options they have for renovating and repairing their older homes.

– On May 23 at 6:30pm, Tinkers Creek Watershed will be talking about how you can make water smart choices around your house and yard.

– The City has invested in several AED (defibrillator) devices that have been distributed to various city departments and buildings.

– The City is intending to apply for Master Plan update grant. Our current one is now over 10 years old and is eligible for a grant to redo it.

– Go Nuts Donuts is now open on Center Rd in the laundromat plaza.

– There will be a Senior Citizens Valentine Dance put on by the Bedford High School. It will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 12-3 p.m. in the Bedford High School cafeteria, 481 Northfield Road. The afternoon includes musical entertainment to the sounds of Ralph Szubski and the Party Band, dancing, refreshments, door prizes, and a cakewalk. Call Linda Dengate at 440-439-4588 for more information.

– Wally Genutis (W2) spoke to State of Ohio representatives about House Bill 175 which would allow people to grow and raise all food on their own property and make it illegal for cities to interfere with that. This law, if enacted, would allow chickens to be raised anywhere in Ohio.

– April 7th will be the next police test. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER IN BEDFORD, TELL THEM ABOUT THIS. The City is taking all applicants. Sign up now to get a spot in the testing.

Council voted on:

– To update the codified ordinances online so they match the passed changes. (Passed)

– Locking in electric cost for 3 years. (Passed)

– Applying NOPEC grant to possibly replace lights at Ellenwood during the renovation, wastewater treatment pumps, pool pumps, city hall windows and city owned lights. (Passed)

– The Recreation Program Fees Ordinances being restructured to make it easier to add new program fees. (Passed)

– Supporting the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan that is being presented to us by Cuyahoga County. (Passed)

In the work session, we discussed:

– Reviving the CDC for the ability to distribute upcoming grant money. The CDC needs to reestablish the board. Please contact Chuck St. John if you are interested.

– CDBG (grant) and if we get it, it is to be used to help with sewer maintenance and repair projects.

– Discussed moving poll locations for Wards 5 & 6. Council opted to not move the locations.

– The Council will be voting in a future session on adding the prohibition of payday loan businesses in Downtown.

– Council discussed limiting the time used on Hearing of Citizens. The Council will not be voting on limiting hearing of citizens and the lack of a time limit will stand.

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