Newton Falls – All but one council member was in attendance for city business at this session. All participants stood for the Pledge of Allegiance after the meeting was called to order. This was followed by a moment of silent prayer.

The first special presentation was by attorney Patricia Dugan from Community Legal Aid. She gave council an overview of both federal and state Fair Housing Laws. These laws affect all landlords. This presentation described discrimination; what it is, how it applies and ways to avoid it.

The next special presentation was by a representative from Angels for Animals. They are trying to lower the feral cat population in the city by collecting cats and having them spayed or neutered. The program was described as “fixing a kitty to fix the city.”

Angels for Animals is having a fund raising Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday October 15 from 4pm-7pm. The fundraiser will be at the VFW located at 433 Arlington Road, Newton Falls. There will be a Chinese Auction and a 50/50 raffle. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children. You can call 330-219-8889 or 330-502-5352 for more information.

Reports were given by the mayor and other council members regarding items of interest or affecting the city. One of the items residents need to be aware of is the observance of Trick or Treating. Halloween will be observed on Monday October 31 from 5pm-6:30pm.

Another discussion that took place was regarding the litter problem at the park and what to do about it. There are some other issues regarding the use of the park that were discussed. Everyone was reminded that the park will begin closing at 7pm starting on Wednesday October 19.

Normal business was conducted such as the acceptance of minutes and reports from the previous month’s business. There were a few public comments and closing remarks by council members. There was no business that required moving into executive sessions so the council meeting was adjourned.

There were almost no city residents present at the meeting. City Council meetings are open to the public. Attending a meeting is one way for residents to keep up on what is happening in their city and meetings have places for resident’s voices to be heard and to participate.