Time to re-cap the best stories posted on the blog. In no particular order:
Board highballs the facility bid, admits finance committee is running the school
The school board’s push to build a new middle school was the top issue for the school system, and the tactics used by the board were the topic of many posts. This July story documented the highball bid used by the board to push for more money for construction. It also points out the board had no defense from the charge that the finance committee was a policy deciding group that should have been open under the Ohio Open Meeting laws.
The Goodale Green Space Ballot Initiative
A group created a petition to change the Green Space rules on Goodale, after a disagreement over the city decision to allow a large new home on Goodale Ave. Ms Oster provided me with a long list of reasons the group had come together to make this initiative, as well as the petition that was signed by almost 400 Grandview residents. The citizen initiative placed on the ballot by the group failed to stop the house from being allowed to proceed.
Video of the May 29, 2018 finance committee report
A listing of highlights from a video taken at the school. School administrators shouted down questioners. The superintendent danced around questions about the meeting notes and closed door policy for the committee, but failed to answer questions, showing a lack of integrity. Committee members shrugged their shoulders when asked what the effect of the levy might have on lower income residents.
The most interesting part was when Kukuria talked about the only disagreement the group had between each other, over renovations for the Stevenson building. Apparently some wanted to do the $6 million in renovations that were recommended, while the final report suggested the school be given minor repairs. The conclusion from this report suggest the committee wants Stevenson to be allowed to deteriorate, so that it can be next up on the demolition list.
City might take responsibility for repairing sidewalks
Councilman Reynolds proposed the city might take over the repair of sidewalks, and answered some questions. As far as I know this issue is still up in the air in committee.
(Edit) A TVN story covered the sidewalk repair proposal, still in committee and under study to find an accurate cost to the city.
City of Grandview Heights – Comprehensive Community Planning process
The city of Grandview Heights started a comprehensive community planning process, much wider in scope than previous planning groups. Commercial development, residential development, neighborhoods, pedestrian safety and walk-ability, city finance – the whole gamut of issues the city council must plan for are up for public discussion. The process will continue into 2019.
Winner of the tallest snowman in the city competition
If the city holds another snowman competition, and if it ever snows again in Grandview, I defy anyone to beat my championship level snowman building.