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The View from Ward 2: Issue #34

October 19th City Council Meeting Rundown

Previously, City Council asked the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) to review applications for membership to the Anti-Racism Task Force and to make recommendations to Mayor George and City Council on who should be considered for appointment. LCRAC recommended 15 applicants for appointment, and Mayor George announced her appointments during the meeting. We will decide who to appoint from LCRAC’s list at tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
 
Council President Dan O’Malley informed Council of appointments that will expire at the end of the year. Council will need to fill one vacancy on the Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals, two vacancies on the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council, one vacancy on the Planning Commission, and one vacancy on the Tree Advisory & Education Board. If you are interested in applying to any of these volunteer positions, please contact our Clerk of Council at council@lakewoodoh.net. You can learn more about these boards and commissions by visiting http://www.onelakewood.com/apply-register/boardscommissions/.
 
Law Director Brian Corrigan presented Council with a resolution that would allow Mayor George to enter into an agreement with the District Advisory Council of Cuyahoga County for the provision of public health services by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) in 2021. The CCBH has proposed providing public health services for Lakewood residents at a per capita rate of $5.45 for a total amount that would not exceed $284,114. This item was referred to the Health & Human Services Committee for further discussion.
 
Mayor George provided Council with a break down of how she has disbursed the funds Lakewood received from the CARES Act. Lakewood received a total of $5,283,717.23: $4,461,776.21 went to the General Fund to be used for Covid-19 related expenses, $347,637.29 went to the Police Pension Fund, and $474, 303.73 went to the Fire Pension Fund.
 

 One Lakewood Place Settlement Agreement

Mayor Meghan George, along with Law Director Brian Corrigan, asked City Council to authorize the Mayor to enter into a settlement agreement with Carnegie Management and Development Corporation. It has become apparent that Carnegie will not be developing the former Lakewood Hospital site and Mayor George and Director Corrigan both relayed to City Council that the best course of action is to separate and seek a new developer for the project.
 
A couple of weeks ago, the City spent nearly 12 hours in mediation with Carnegie to negotiate the release of any obligations that either party has to each other. As a result of mediation, Mayor George asked City Council to authorize an agreement that would furnish Carnegie $255,000 for the full and final settlement of all claims that Carnegie may have against the City. In return we will retain the market studies, surveys, and geotechnical reports that were completed by Carnegie. Both parties would be released from any remaining obligations.
 
I asked Mayor George and Director Corrigan if the resolution needed to be passed that evening or if it could be delayed to allow for further public comment. Both Mayor George and Director Corrigan expressed the importance of it being passed that evening to ensure the viability of the agreement and to begin the process of seeking a new developer as soon as possible. Following a lengthy discussion, City Council, by a margin of six to one, voted to permit Mayor George to enter into a settlement agreement with Carnegie.
 
Frequently, no party is happy when it comes to legal settlements and it is disappointing that our partnership with Carnegie ended this way. However, this settlement avoids years of litigation, where attorney fees alone would dwarf the size of the settlement, and allows us the freedom to immediately begin seeking a new partner to develop this property that is located at the heart of Lakewood.

Vote!

Early voting is underway for the November 3rd election! You can vote early in-person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections ("BOE") (2925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland) every day up until election day. Michelle and I voted together last Tuesday at the BOE - it was well organized and took about 30 minutes.

You can also vote early by mail. After you complete your vote-by-mail ballot, you can either bring your ballot to the BOE or you can mail it in. I encourage you to complete and return your ballot as soon as you receive it! Your ballot must be received by the BOE:
  • By 7:30 p.m. on November 3rd if delivered in person at the BOE
  • Postmarked by November 2nd and received by the BOE no later than 10 days after the election if sent by U.S. Mail
If you're waiting to vote in-person on Election Day, you can find your polling location here:https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/en-US/My-Polling-Location.aspx

I encourage you to make a plan to vote to ensure that your voice is heard!

Leaf Collection

Autumn has arrived and if your yard looks anything like ours, it is already full of leaves. The fall leaf collection program begins on Monday November 2nd and continues through December 11th. For more information, including the 2020 leaf collection map, please visit:http://www.onelakewood.com/2020-leaf-collection-begins-on-november-2nd/.

Halloween 2020

Just a reminder that the City is permitting trick-or-treating to occur between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st and is encouraging everyone to review and follow the Ohio Department of Health’s “Celebrating Halloween” guidance.
 
In its press release, the City highlighted the following from the “Celebrating Halloween” guidance:
 
For Parents/Guardians of Trick-or-Treaters

  • If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  • If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.
For Community Members
  • For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.
  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station. Consider placing treats on porch steps or a table in the driveway with a sign asking children to take only one. Or use other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence.
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