GREEN  The city’s ability to regulate "offensive weeds and grass" was broadened as City Council passed legislation amending the city’s ordinance addressing the issue.

Ward 4 Councilman Skip Summerville was the lone no vote as the ordinance passed 5-1. He said he thought Council should have taken more time discussing alternate option, such as one presented by resident Rebecca Shull, which in part urged the city to consider the preservation of diverse native species in its grass and weeds regulation.

"I believe Ms. Shull’s presentation (at the earlier city planning committee meeting) was excellent and more complete, comprehensive and in-depth," Summerville said. "I think it’s a mistake that we didn’t take more time and discuss this."

At-large Councilman Stephen Dyer, while voting yes, said he also agreed that Council should take as much time necessary on any piece of legislation.

Council President Chris Humphrey said he agreed that proposals like Shull’s brought up valid points that the city should consider, the ordinance amendment specifically had to do with establishing more stringent aesthetic standards and identifying who within the administration will enforce the new standards.

NEXUS lawsuit moves forward

Law Director Diane Calta announced that city made two court filings Sept. 26 in its ongoing efforts to stop the proposed NEXUS pipeline through portions of Stark, Summit, Wayne, Columbiana, Medina, Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, Henry and Fulton counties.

Calta said the filings appeal the Ohio EPA’s granting of a Water Quality Certificate to NEXuS, which was announced Sept. 19. She added that the decision has come after "thoughtfully and thoroughly considering our options."

Liquor license

Council chose not to have a hearing regarding a request for a new liquor license for Bomber Brewhouse at 4919 Mt. Pleasant St. N.W. Summerville, chair of the public safety committee, said the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported no activity that should preclude the establishment from obtaining the license. 

Lock up those cars

In his public safety committee report to Council, Summerville noted that the fire department activity report for August found a reduction in calls for the second straight month. 

He also urged residents to not leave their keys in their car while parked in driveways, or when parked in the garage with the door open.

"Most crimes are crimes of opportunity and you are providing the opportunity," Summerville said.