GREEN  At its first meeting of 2018, City Council members approved each of Mayor Gerard Neugebauer’s appointments for Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Commission positions for 2018.

Robert Speight was appointed to a five-year term on the BZA and Michael Burch to a five-year term on the planning and zoning commission. Councilman Justin Speight abstained from the first vote.

Council also accepted Neugebauer’s recommendation that Brent Kuwatch fill the unexpired term of Craig Babbit, who recently resigned from the board, through Dec. 31, 2019. To fill Kuwatch’s unexpired term as planning and zoning commission alternate, the mayor recommended and council approved the appointment of Cristy Ludrosky to serve the remainder of that three-year term.

The mayor also appointed Eric Chojnacki to a five-year term on the parks and recreation board, and Steve Kotler to a five-year term on the historic preservation commission. These two appointments do not require council approval.

Council members also later approved the rules and personnel committee’s appointment of John Dodovich to a two-year term on the design review board.

Officers selected

The Green City Council officers for 2018 were selected during a special meeting Jan. 4.

Councilman At-large Chris Humphrey will again serve as council president was he has for the past year.

"I look forward to working with the whole council, new members and old," Humphrey said after accepting the nomination from Ward 2 Councilman Bob Young.

At-large Councilman Justin Speight nominated Young for vice president.

"I’ve known Bob my whole life," Speight said. "And he has faithfully served the residents of Ward 2 (with) demonstrated leadership. He is a true family man and a respected businessman."

Young accepted the nomination, adding, "I’d like to thank Mr. Speight for those kind words.

Council unanimously accepted council rules for 2018 at the meeting.

Other actions

- Council also approved the $249,756 purchase of a 2017 MTech street sweeper from Johnson North America. 

- Ward 3 Councilman and Transportation Committee Chairman Rocco Yeargin said his committee recommended first reading passage of the legislation in order for the city to take advantage of a $20,000 demo model discount available with the street sweeper.

- Cavanaugh Building Corporation was awarded a contract for the for the East Liberty Park restroom project. Council appropriated $429,275 for the estimated $390,250 project.

Council President Chris Humphrey noted that the Cavanaugh bid was not the lowest but the committee determined the company to be the most experienced. Ward 4 Councilman Matt Schaughnessy voted against awarding the contract to Cavanaugh.

- The transfer of two liquor licenses, from GRB Promotions, dba 118 Cocktail Bar to Chop and Swizzle, LLC., at 3700 Massillon Rd., and from Buehler Food Markets to Styx Acquisition, located at 4045 S. Main St., was approved by council.

Speight abstained from this vote as well, stating that he is a liquor permit holder.