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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You know it's the week before an election when...

.... seemingly minor issues become major topics of debate.

Take Mentor City Council's special meeting this week. It was scheduled after a vote on a minor rezoning for a subdivision on Becker Avenue was blocked last week by three ward councilmen and Councilman at large Ron Micchia, who is seeking his old Ward 4 seat again this election.

Micchia was concerned that the church across the street would be required to tie into the sanitary sewer line and that it could be costly. He was told by the administration and the developer that the only entities that could determine that were the county and the EPA, regardless of whether the property was rezoned, according to Councilman at large Ray Kirchner.

"He insisted on playing games and, after much back and forth, we forced a vote to suspend, which failed because Walsh, Bucey & Aliberti went along with him," Kirchner said, "even though Walsh said there was nothing the city could do about it."

It was later learned that the church had tapped in several years ago. Ward 4 candidates John Krueger and Erik Bednarcik accused Micchia of being politically motivated.
Micchia defended himself, saying there were too many unanswered questions to vote last week. The exchange between he and Kircher got heated, according to witnesses.

The item ultimately passed 7-0.
"Seven days off the normal schedule," Micchia said. "That's not consequential.
And in seven more days, perhaps the council meeting will be a bit more subdued.

-- Betsy Scott, BScott@News-Herald.com

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Councilman Micchia,

The council meetings will be more subdued when you are no longer a councilman. Election 2013 is going to be a good one for Mentor!

October 27, 2010 at 6:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Councilman Micchia,

It is time to put the citizens of Mentor ahead of your own political agenda. Your grandstanding and arrogant attitude are being dicussed all over NE Ohio and you are making Mentor a laughing stock. You are giving Mentor a reputation of being unfriendly to business and in these hard economic times, that is just plain wrong.

It is time for you to put your ego in your pocket and think of the people first.

October 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM 

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