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The Suburbanite
  • Mayor Kolomichuk says goodbye to “tough job”

  • Council members thanked Mayor Mike Kolomichuk and Councilman Pat Fiocca for their years of service to the community at the Dec. 19 meeting.  It was the last meeting for both.


    Fiocca has been on council for eight years. His fellow members said it was a pleasure to work with him. He thanked Lakemore citizens for the support through the years.


     

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  • Council members thanked Mayor Mike Kolomichuk and Councilman Pat Fiocca for their years of service to the community at the Dec. 19 meeting.  It was the last meeting for both.
    Fiocca has been on council for eight years. His fellow members said it was a pleasure to work with him. He thanked Lakemore citizens for the support through the years.
    “I grew up here and being a councilman is an honor.  My dad died in 1988, and he helped to build the first Lakemore field at Waterworks.  He would have been proud.”  
    Councilman, Tom Wolfe thanked Kolomichuk for his help.
      “You allowed me to do the job I wanted to do. You didn't tell me how to do my job, you never interfered and you took my advice. I want you to know I appreciate it.”
    Current Council President, Rick Justice will be sworn in as Lakemore Mayor next month.
    “I would like to thank Mayor Mike for his service,” Justice said.  “We have all had a common goal and I am sure Mike will continue that goal.  I would also like to thank Pat for his years of service.”
    Kolomichuk said it has been a real pleasure.  “It is a huge responsibility.   I ask that council, for the future, do what the kids call ‘having your back.’  That means getting together, putting aside personal agendas and allow the things to happen that are best for the village.”
    Kolumichuk said the obstacles in front of council are huge. His advice is to find good people, put them in a position and let them do their jobs.
     “I thank all the people that supported me good, bad or indifferent over the years.  
    “One of the things I got the most enjoyment out of doing was the opportunity to marry people.  When someone chooses you to marry them it is a huge honor.  That I will miss,” Kolomichuk said, “the rest, not so much.”
    The outgoing mayor also said that he is continuing his investigation into the possibility of opening a food bank in the village. “It is needed and there is a huge amount of people that want to help out.
    “Regardless of what I do, it is going to be about Lakemore.  This is a proud village; it is a village with all kinds of heart, a village with history, and with people that do it the hard way because that was the way they were brought up.  Stay active and stay involved and give Mr. Justice all your support,” Kolomichuk said. “It is a big job.”
    Fire Chief Barry Saley also  thanked Fiocca and Kolomichuk for their support of the Fire Department and their service to the community. 
    At the end of the meeting, Kolomichuk turned the gavel over to Fiocca to adjourn the meeting.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Other business included:
    A resolution allowing the mayor to enter in to a contract with the Board of Trustees of Springfield Township to provide police services for Lakemore. 
    The approval of holiday pay for Lakemore Fire Department personnel for the Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays for 2011.
    Council approved the filing of an application to the State of Ohio for participation in the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund.  The application is for a grant to get the Edwin Shaw property into shape to attract some new business.  It will start the process of asbestos removal and open the door to other grants.
    Announcements: Councilman Troy Bradfield wants community input for the city website, which will be up by the end of December.
    The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main Street, Lakemore.