GREEN Following much debate from both elected officials and citizens, Council unanimously opposed passage of an ordinance to develop a scholarship program for first-generation college freshmen living in Green, to be funded in part by annual unencumbered city funds.
Councilman at-large Stephen Dyer, the sponsor of the legislation, attempted unsuccessfully to withdraw it from the agenda prior to the vote. He said that since his fellow council members were not allowing amendments to be made to the legislation, he believed the "legislative process has been hijacked."
Dyer pledged to "keep fighting" and said a number of alternate approaches, including making the scholarship a loan program and putting increased emphasis on two-year colleges, were being overlooked by voting against the ordinance as-is.
He added that "kids in Green are missing out," pointing specifically to a $1,000-per-scholarship match offered by Kent State Stark University.
Councilman at-large Justin Speight agreed that, with amendments, the proposal could have become "something we all liked."
Ward 1 Councilman James Ahlstrom, however, called Dyer’s allegation that the ordinance was defeated for political reasons "insulting."
"If it was a good idea, it would have had support," Ahlstrom said.
Security cameras in parks
Council authorized the purchase of 40 security cameras, from Lightspeed Technologies, for installation in each of the city’s parks, at a cost of $67,155.00.
Council President Chris Humphrey said the cameras will assist in criminal investigations and he commended the administration for negotiating a reasonable cost for both the cameras and the installation.
Council accepted a $4,000 donation from Orion Construction to the city’s First Responders’ Memorial project. Orion Director of Operations, JR Gatts, said the company saw the First Responders’ Memorial as a particularly appropriate way for the company to give back.
"We are a subsidiary of Servpro (Restoration Services), so this is a way to give back to an industry we exist in every day," Gatts said.
Council also approved a 19-percent, $24,000 increase in the contract amount to King Environmental Group for completion of the Rolling Greens and Brier Creek pond project, and a resolution accepting the planning and zoning commission’s approval of the replat of Raintree Estates Phase 2 subdivision.
Council members scheduled their summer recess for July 11, cancelling the regular council meeting