GREEN  Council passed an ordinance amending the cost of cemetery lots in city cemeteries, the cost for grave monument and marker foundations, and adding provisions for the conveyance of cemetery lots.

The ordinance calls for $250 to $350 increases in various cemetery lots for non-residents, and $100 to $300 increases for residents, with mausoleum prices increasing by $600, from $1,800 to $2,400. 

The ordinance also requires owners of cemetery lots who want to sell the lot to offer to sell it to the city at the purchase price, to avoid a resident buying a lot at the lower resident rate and selling it directly to a non-resident.

Council President Chris Humphrey said the changes, the first since 2004, are part of the normal cost of doing business.

Scholarship program

City council passed the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the city to partner with the Green Local Schools to develop the Green Reaches Educational Achievement Together (GREAT) scholarship program, as well as created a scholarship board and provide annual scholarships to first-generation college students who graduate from and live in Green.

The program, drafted by Councilman At-large Stephen Dyer, is Ohio’s first city-sponsored, up to four-year scholarship program for first-generation college students living in the city. Specifically, the scholarship program would provide $2,500 scholarships for Green High School graduates who have at least a 2.5 GPA and live in Green. In addition, they would receive the $2,500 each year they are in college, whether a two-year or four-year institution, if they maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and remain continuously enrolled in college.

Public hearing

Council held a public hearing on an ordinance changing the zoning classification of 2.9 acres of land at 4405 Massillon Road from R-1 single family to B-3, neighborhood business, along with changing 0.7 acres of land from B-1, general business, to B-3. 

While the planning commission voted 3-2 to rezone the entire parcel, Ward 2 Councilman and planning committee chair Bob Young suggested splitting the parcel into a B-3 and R-1 portion until and unless demand for business property requires a change in the future. 

The amended ordinance is expected to come before council at its next regular meeting May 23.