Newton Falls – Council met on Monday November 7 with all but one member in attendance. After the call to order and Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Waddell led an open discussion on council’s recent trip to Columbus for the Ohio Municipal League meeting.

Council members shared what they learned while attending different sessions and how the meeting impacted them. For example; Councilman Stimpert thought the camaraderie with other mayors and council members was very good and encouraging. He also learned about legislation drones and other business dealings.

Councilman Beers thought the number of classes covering the many issues that affect towns and cities was very helpful. He was glad council went to participate and learn. City Manager Haney learned about Ohio Grant opportunities that could be helpful to Newton Falls.

Mayor Waddell thought there were many good learning opportunities for council members that would help with issues regarding rental properties. He also felt what they learned could help Newton Falls be safer.  The mayor was elected to serve a four year term to represent zone four at the state level.

Mayor Waddell thought everyone who sits on council should be prepared to give a thirty second speech about the value of Newton Falls and the opportunities it affords to its citizens. He thought that you never know when you will meet someone who would like to learn something about Newton Falls. Council members should be its best representatives.

After this special discussion, the meeting went into its normal business schedule. There was discussion about having a special meeting for the community to learn about choosing a new fire chief.

Councilman Baryak made comments showing appreciation for paving work done at the recreation center. He also encouraged continued work on improving the condition of the parks. City Manager Haney commended his staff for their work in getting repairs completed in different locations.

The only New Business was discussion and a vote concerning Ordinance 2016-09, the Joint Fire District Agreement. It was amended to make it for one year and that was discussed, voted on and passed. This ordinance affects both the city and township. There will be continued discussion and work on this contract between the city and the township.

In closing remarks, positive comments were made about the Road Improvement Levy and encouraging the residents to vote in favor of that. The passing of this levy would be advantageous to Newton Falls residents. The Kiwanis Club was thanked for all their work in putting on the Cake Walk. Members also appreciated the Newton Falls Band and thought they performed well.

The next meeting of the Newton Falls City Council is on Monday November 21 at 6pm. All residents are welcome to attend.