The city of Fairlawn has seen some interesting changes this year.
After 18 years of service, two city officials are no longer with council. A local state school board member resigned from his elected post and senior citizens are fighting for a place to call their own.
Also, Mayor William Roth took his second trip to China with hopes of bolstering Fairlawn’s economy. And due to the increasing number of high school athletes collapsing from undetected heart irregularities a new company is offering residents optional heart screenings.
Mayor Roth takes second trip to China
In an attempt to bring foreign business to the region, Roth took a second trip to China. Similar to last year’s trip main goal was to “put Fairlawn on the map.” Accompanied by councilman Bryan Nace, they spent the trip meeting Chinese officials and businessman.
He left with a stack of business cards from potential investors. But only time will tell if the trip paid off.
State school board representative resigns
Fairlawn resident Bryan Williams resigned from the state school board in December after reports of a lobbying conflict.
Williams, an elected official, may have violated Ohio ethics laws by also lobbying the government for private interests. Williams was appointed to the board by Gov. John Kasich in 2011 to fill a vacant seat. With the appointment, he was able to file exemptions to serve in the public position while still advocating for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio. When he was elected in 2012, those exemptions were no longer valid.
City sees shift in after losing veteran officials
The Fairlawn City Council lost two long-time members this year. After a long battle with cancer Jerry Apple succumbed to his illness on July 26. Mark Ludwig will fill his position starting Thursday.
Also, James Butler is retiring as councilman for Ward 1. He said it was time to bring in some younger talent. His neighbor Rick Herbert will be taking his place. A small crowd of admirers showed up for his final meeting Dec. 16.
Ironically, both Apple and Butler began their service 18 years ago. Mayor Roth was also elected at the same time.
Both Ludwig and Herbert ran unopposed in November’s election.
Copley High School hosts heart screenings for athletes
Copley High School hosted a heart screening for area athletes in October. The screenings were held by newly formed company mCore. The company hoped to curtail athlete’s chances of facing heart troubles while playing sports. For $75, the screenings included electrocardiograms, which analyze the hearts electrical signals, and echocardiograms that check for physical irregularities.
Company representative Bart Letcavits said they hope to be the first choice if heart screenings ever become mandatory.
Seniors start new organization
A group of seniors decided it was time to start a club of their own. The new Fairlawn Senior’s Group was created to form social gatherings for the seniors in Fairlawn. Their first event was a viewing of A Christmas Story (italics) at the Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center.
Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Beisecker is hoping the group becomes an established force in the community.