After several weeks of discussion in the environment and parks committee, City Council passed legislation adopting a ban on smoking and smokeless tobacco products in Central Park.

Councilman at-Large and Environment and Parks Committee Chairman Justin Speight called the ordinance a "pretty standard" non-smoking policy. Speight added that smokeless tobacco products include e-cigarettes.

Legal aid agreement renewed

Council approved the renewal of the city’s agreement with the Legal Defenders Office of Summit County, at the current fee of $170 per case. Ward 1 Councilman and Intergovernmental and Utilities Committee Chairman James Ahlstrom said the agreement renewal is a standard annual arrangement.

Time granted

Ward 2 Councilman and Planning Committee Chairman Bob Young asked for time on the third reading of a resolution accepting the final plat and performance bond for the Lakes of Green Phase 3 subdivision.

Young said the committee was requesting council not pass the resolution on third reading because the city is still waiting for the developer to get his performance bond in place.

Time was also granted on the third reading of an amendment of the city’s "contracts for professional services" ordinance.

The amendment calls for allowing contracts under $10,000 to be approved without council oversite.  Ward 4 Councilman and Rules and Personnel Committee Chairman Skip Summerville said Ward 3 Councilman Ken Knodel requested time to "partially modify" the ordinance before consideration of passage.

Green firefighters help with Hurricane recovery

In his report to council, Mayor Gerard Neugebauer recognized Green firefighters Josh Compton and Mike Pratt, who were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with urban search and rescue efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Compton was deployed as a rescue team leader and fire medic and Pratt for logistics.

Neugebauer said the firefighter’s are paid by FEMA during deployment and the city "gladly supplied" them to the effort.  The pair was reportedly on the way back to Ohio Oct. 11.