Tuesday, February 26, 2013
From the recreation department to school safety, the school board and city council are looking at several ways to cooperate.
Lakewood City Schools and Lakewood City Hall are looking to cooperate a little more. From support of the upcoming school levy to sharing some of the responsibility with the recreation department, officials are looking to see how they can share services and facilities. For the first time in three years, the school board and city council officially got together for a joint meeting at Garfield Middle School on Monday. Following several presentations made by each side, city and school officials discussed ways they could work together. One of the topics covered was the school-district-run recreation department. City council president Brian Powers pointed out that Lakewood is one of a handful of recreation departments in the state run by the …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
City council passes a measure that will require property to maintain vacant, abandoned lots.
A week from now, the clock will start ticking for the owners of vacant and abandoned properties to start cleaning up their land. They will have six months to do so. On Monday night, Lakewood City Council passed a measure that amended the parking lot ordinance to include language that requires vacant commercial and residential properties to be better maintained. Think fencing, litter control, landscaping and better general maintenance. Council hammered out some of the final details in its committee of the whole meeting Monday. One of those details is that the ordinance will take effect — retroactively in some cases — on property owners starting next Tuesday. At-large city councilman Brian Powers, who introduced the ordinance, said the …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Lakewood City Council puts some limits on garage and yard sales in the city.
There is now a law that regulates garage and yard sales in Lakewood. Residents will only be allowed to have three garage or yard sales per year; the sales can last three consecutive days; and if a home has a backyard or a garage, that’s where the sale must take place. Lakewood City Council approved the new ordinance Monday night after months of discussion. However, just before the final vote, council president Brian Powers asked for a "hardship clause,” allowing exemptions to the rule. Those exceptions would be decided by the mayor on a case-by-case basis. Council agreed with Powers and added the language into the new law. The original proposal, introduced in June, was intended to set some restrictions on the sales in the city, said Ward 1…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Council introduces measure that would allow veterinarians, animal hospitals and clinics to temporarily house pit bulls. But don’t expect Lakewood to reverse its pit bull ban anytime soon.
Pit bulls were again a topic of discussion at Lakewood City Council. This time, council president Brian Powers introduced a measure that would clarify the 2008 ordinance that bans the breed from the city. The proposed amendment would allow pit bulls to “temporarily” be housed by veterinarians, animal hospitals and animal rescues. The measure comes on the heels of a state measure, introduced last week, that would de-classify pit bulls as vicious animals. But don’t expect Lakewood to reverse its pit bull ban anytime soon, said Powers. “(This ordinance) is just to clarify that certain professionals can hold those animals,” he said. “There are certain folks in our city who are grandfathered in. And we wanted to make it absolutely clear that …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Mary Louise Madigan and Brian Powers switch places as president and vice president of Lakewood City Council.
Brian Powers and Mary Louise Madigan will switch seats on city council after Powers, who was vice president, was elected by council as its next leader and Madigan, who previously served as president, was elected to replace Powers as vice president on Monday night. The other members of city council re-elected to their posts in November were sworn in, along with Mayor Michael Summers.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On Monday, council OK’d a budget that will slash positions in city hall across all departments, sparing only the police department.
In his four years on Lakewood City Council, vice president Brian Powers said the city has made reductions to the budget each year. It didn’t get any easier this year. Making things more difficult this year, Powers said, were cuts to the city’s local government fund from the state of Ohio — to the tune of about $1.1 million. On Monday, council OK’d a budget that will slash 17 positions in city hall across all departments, sparing only the police department. Before the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday, members of the city’s budget committee — headed up by Powers — only had to iron out details. Council met several times to discuss the budget, and only a few minor changes were made from the original 173-page document. The budget …