Last night’s city council meeting

Here are my notes from last night’s city council meetings:

CAD system – City council unanimously approved a contract with Summit County and several other municipalities for the sharing of expenses on a $4 million piece of 911-dispatch software. This is a win for everyone involved. We are all getting state-of-the-art, high-tech capabilities, which will keep our officers safer and help them respond quicker and with more information.

The contractual relationships here are important, given that Stow is investing nearly a half-million into the software, and yet Stow won’t hold the software license. Rather, the software provider (Tyler) will be entering into a contract with Summit County. Summit County will then be entering into a sublicense agreement with Stow and several other cities.

I used skills developed in my day job (as a business lawyer) to identify a weakness in the sublicense. Because Summit County holds the license, Stow had no assurances it could keep the sublicense rights for the entire useful life of the software, in spite of Stow’s significant up-front investment. After 10 years, the contract gave Summit County the ultimate right to keep the license, reconstitute the sublicensee group, and wedge out any community (like Stow) for any reason. This, of course, is not Summit County’s present intention, but who knows who will be running Summit County in 10 years–or what that person’s relationship with Stow’s mayor will be?

Thankfully, Summit County and the other parties agreed to amend the draft contract at my request. The contract now allows any city to tag along with Summit County for the length that Summit County keeps the master license with the software provider.

Obviously, I won’t be on Stow City Council in 10 years. But we need to constantly be thinking long-term. Maybe it’s because of my relative youth, but it’s something I’ve preached since I was elected.

Arndale Road – We are hoping to re-open West Arndale Road by July 4.

Cone truck – A few months ago, City Council authorized the purchase of a cone truck, to assist our service employees in placing cones on Route 8. Previously, they hung off the back of a pickup truck to place cones on the freeway. Not efficient and not safe. That truck has now arrived, and you can watch it in action this Saturday night as the service department blocks off lanes to conduct repairs on Route 8.

Campaign update – I’m happy to report that we (again) outraised our opponent in this campaign finance cycle. More importantly, we now have three-times more cash on hand than the Democrat. Your generous donations have made the difference. Laura and I are very appreciative. We take nothing for granted, but a lot of experts (who once thought this could be a close race) are now saying it’s over before it began. You can pitch in at

Next meeting – Council will meet next on June 28.