City Council

Budget Impasse Persists

Lakewood City Council met on March 6, 2006. The body first met at 6:15 P.M. as the committee of the whole and then transferred into a regular council meeting at 7:41. This article will report on both, since the first meeting is integral to the proceedings of the second.

The Ohio Revised Code 5705.38 mandates that a municipality shall have a budget no later than March 31 of each year.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 9:09 AM, 03.11.06

9th Inning Time Out

At the February 6, 2006 Lakewood City Council meeting, council took a time out on the important issue of a tax increase and outlined a plan for "extra innings."
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 12.00 PM / 13th February 2006.

EXCLUSIVE SERIES: The 2006 Budget Hearings- Part 3

The third session of budget hearings was held on Saturday morning. Strategies of survival and currying favor are becoming blatant. In previous sessions a selection of cookies was passed around in an almost surreptitious manner.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 09.11 AM / 31st January 2006.

EXCLUSIVE SERIES: The 2006 Budget Hearings Part 1

Last night Lakewood City Council began the 2006 budget hearings. Technically, council is meeting as the committee of the whole. In previous years just the finance committee held the hearings but council president Robert Seelie determined that since the full council will ultimately have to review the budget it might as well be in on the deliberations from the beginning.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 09.46 PM / 25th January 2006.

Let's get ready to- LEGISLATE!

Council must organize itself before it can legislate. The Lakewood City Charter prescribes the procedure.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 07.25 PM / 09th January 2006.

Council Jumpstarts 2006

At the December 5, 2005 meeting, Lakewood City Council got a head start on the next year.
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Volume 1, Issue 13, Posted 11.09 AM / 06th December 2005.

Spending, Safety, and Haluska

Council President Robert Seelie called the November 21st meeting to order at 7:40 pm. As is prescribed by the agenda, the Clerk of Council calls the roll as instructed by the president. This is usually a routine step. Mary Louise Madigan (ward 4) was absent. An absence must be excused by a vote of council members. Legislative courtesy usually prevails and the absence is excused. However, councilmember Ryan Demro (ward 2), since first taking his seat, always inquires as to the reason for a member's absence to maintain public accountability for a member missing a meeting. Council president Seelie usually does not divulge reasons for absences. Courtesy prevailed and council voted to approve the absence.
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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 03.01 PM / 30th November 2005.

36 Hours (Council 11.08.2005)

Lakewood City Council always has a meeting the evening before the Fall General Election. When the election is for our local Lakewood offices and issues, the meeting sometimes has an eerie, surreal quality to it. This article's council report will be a chronicle- one person's view- of the 36 hours from election eve through the day after the election.
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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 09.09 AM / 12th November 2005.

Mayor Vetoes Pay Raise

Council 11.20. 2006
The November 20 council meeting started with well deserved resolutions recognizing Lakewood’s athletes as they pursue their personal best and team wins.
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Volume 0, Issue 0, Posted 7:07 AM, 12.13.06