GREEN  Prior to City Council’s approval of a 3-year policing contract with the Summit County Sheriff at its Dec. 12 regular council meeting, Sheriff Steve Barry assured Green residents that while incidents involving juveniles have increased in the city, serious crime has not.

Ward 4 Councilman and Public Safety Committee Chairman Skip Summerville, commended both the department and the contract following Barry’s statements.

"This is a good contract; there was a lot of discussion – in fact, it went four readings (before council)," Summerville said of the $8,589,589 three-year contract. "It is about an 8 percent increase, but 4 percent of that is a cost of living increase and the other part is one additional deputy working five days a week, from noon to 8 p.m."

Summerville also addressed the need for the additional deputy in his comments prior to the unanimous vote.

"We had 21,000 incidents this year," Summerville said. "But there might have even been a reduction in serious crimes. The rise has been in juvenile and young adult crime, and those are mainly crimes of opportunity. So everyone has to do a better job of protecting our property."

Other actions

Council also approved legislation establishing a pay grade of $18 to $23 per hour for a seasonal mechanic; renewing the city’s natural gas aggregation supply agreement with Constellation NewEnergy-Gas Division, LLC beyond the program’s March 31, 2018 expiration date; amending the city’s outdoor storage and self-storage ordinance to allow licensed, non-commercial vehicles to be stored outside at storage facilities with "dense evergreen" buffers required; and approved a letter from Mayor Gerard Neugebauer to the Professional Golfers’ Association, urging the association to continue to hold its annual Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone County Club in Akron