Paving Time is Here

Vice President Michael Dever took over the gavel from President Robert Seelie who was absent and called the February 5, 2007 council meeting to order.

The first order of business was a resolution offered by Mayor Thomas George and all council members commending the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for their assistance to the safety forces during a crisis on Fry Avenue two weekends ago.

Human Resources Director Novak then presented for council’s consideration an agreement between the union representing the city workers and the city. Out of 153 city workers in that bargaining unit all but six voted in favor of the contract. Council in turn unanimously approved it, too.

When you read this article it still might be 0 degrees outside but the city is getting ready for the paving schedule. Some 20 streets will be repaved this year with various degrees of infrastructure repair such as new water and sewer lines.

All or parts of the following streets are on the list for repaving this year. The streets are: Woodward, Belle, Arliss, all of Detroit, Blossom Park, Parkhaven, Woodford, Bonnieview, Coutant, Clarence, Nicholson, Andrews, Lincoln, Carabel, Athens, Parkwood, Cook, Alameda, and Chesterland.

Mayor George appointed local architect Jeffery Foster to the Architectural Review Board and he named Pat Blesi, Betsy Stupiansky, Jeff Snyder, Melissa Meehan, and Maria Park as members of the Keep Lakewood Beautiful Board.

Planning Director Thomas Jordan sent a proposal to council which will begin the process of establishing historical districts in Lakewood. Such designations will better enable the city to preserve and maintain buildings of historical value. This proposal will also go before the Planning Commission for its approval.

Finally, in citizen comments after the regular council business was concluded one resident brought his concerns about this past weekends television reports of email exchanges between a police lieutenant and a patrolman. The patrolman maintained that the emails were pornographic in nature and unwanted.

Police Chief Malley stated that as soon as he became aware of the situation he immediately brought in the law and human resources departments for prompt action on the matter. He indicated that the treatment of the incident varied widely between the various television stations and that because the matter was now in litigation that he couldn’t offer any new comments.
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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 2:02 AM, 02.06.07