City Councilmembers Go To Bat For Citizen Priorities, Innovations In 2017 And 2018 Budgets

City Council kicked off the 2018 city budget-writing process in early September by proposing a dozen innovations to improve City operations as well as neighborhood priorities originating with Lakewood residents. Councilmembers put forward initiatives that are modest in cost but could lead to quality of life improvements. Examples include park improvement plans for Webb and Kauffman Parks, increased shade at pools, full-court outdoor basketball, curb repair, improved bicycle infrastructure, installing electric vehicle charging stations, purchasing clean power, calming traffic, recycling in parks, and opioid addiction intervention.

Many of the initiatives originated from conversations that Councilmembers had with Lakewood residents, while some are best practices demonstrated by other cities.

The initiatives are not final, but will be discussed at Finance Committee meetings through early October, when Council may vote to support some or all of them. Those supported by a majority of Council will be included in the Administration’s budget book, undergoing a detailed cost and feasibility analysis. Initiatives could be made final as part of formal budget, due December 31.

This is the second consecutive year that Council’s Finance Committee has convened a series of budget hearings to solicit initiatives from Councilmembers. In 2016, Council used this process to fund ten priorities for the 2017 budget, including the addition of deck chairs and shade at the pools, increasing the budget for new tree plantings, and paving the way for public art, such as the recently-completed Rosewood Avenue street mural.

Tom Bullock

Tom Bullock serves Lakewood residents as their at-Large representative on City Council. Share ideas or concerns with Tom at 216-395-7LWD (-7593) or tom.bullock@lakewoodoh.net.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017