Heather Beyer

Stow City Council reviewed and approved proposed amendments for a contract to lease the former Parks and Recreation building at Silver Springs Park to environmental consulting firm EnviroScience Inc.


There was some controversy about the proposed lease contract and Councilman Mike Rasor proposed some amendments to the contract.


Rasor said if they accept the agreement without the proposed amendment, the city of Stow would become the landlord of the corporation. And he isn’t sure that would be the best scenario for Stow at this time.


Mayor Sara Drew said that she thought “it would be the administration’s goal and intent to have this contract finalized as is.”


“I appreciate Mr. Rasor’s amendment and we have had the chance to talk briefly about it,” Drew said. “It does however fundamentally change a significant portion of the agreement that had been reached between the city and EnviroScience over a lengthy period of negotiations."


Drew said that it might be more acceptable to EnviroScience, if council insists upon this type of language, to have a reopener where the city and EnviroScience agree to, in good faith, look at this should EnviroScience chose to exercise its purchase options.


“Very lengthy and intense negotiations, over the period of the spring and summer, have clammed up this contract,” Drew said.


According to Drew, EnviroScience was unwilling, with the understanding that they did not have a forewarning with Rasor’s amendment, to make a substantial and fundamental change to the agreement.


Council approved the amendments to the lease. For continuing coverage of this story, stay tuned to Stow.Ohio.Com.