Beacon Journal staff

GREEN: City Council, which already has sent six charter amendment issues to the Summit County Board of Elections for inclusion on the November ballot, might add two more next week.


During Tuesday's regular session, Council President Joel Reed set a special meeting for 6 p.m. Sept. 4 solely to discuss and take action on the two issues:


* Make the part-time law director's seat an elected position rather than appointed.


* Ban all gambling, including potential racinos and machine-operated games of chance, in Green except for nonprofit organizations.


The filing deadline is Sept. 6.


The gambling petition from attorney David Mucklow contains 1,191 signatures, according to the petitioner's count, while the law director issue filed by resident Joel Helms has 1,028 signatures. Each issue needs 901 valid signatures to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.


 


GREEN: City Council put a request to pay Civil Service Commission members a $1,500 annual stipend on hold as members try to determine what might be fair for other volunteer boards and commissions.


Only the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals members are paid $1,500 stipends because of the time spent on making decisions.


Human Resources Manager Jeanne Greco said the request for Civil Service payment was brought to her because the group also is a decision-making body. Not paid are members of the Design and Review Board, Parks and Recreation Board and the Historic Preservation Commission.


Mayor Dick Norton suggested that a slate of positions be placed before the council to determine how to handle the issue. This is expected to be done before the Sept. 11 meeting so the council can take action.


Ward 2 Councilman Dave France said he wants to consider an entire package of such requests rather than taking the issues individually.