Saying goodbye to Colt

Here are my notes from last night’s meeting:

K-9 officer Colt – Last month, Stow lost a valuable member of its police force when K-9 officer Colt died of Leukemia. Since then, the community has poured out its support for our department and his partner, Sgt. Steve Miller. Council made a proclamation last night in Colt’s honor. We also received a $1,500 donation from the Rubber City Kennel Club toward our K-9 program, which still includes Spectrum and Mingo. These K-9s are a great police benefit, both in obtaining evidence and apprehending suspects. But they also provide an invaluable benefit as a community relations tool. We will miss Colt and are grateful for his service. I would be all in favor of getting Sgt. Miller another dog.

Overtime for Police/Fire – Council approved an extra $50K in overtime for the police department and $10K for the fire department. The police department needed the extra funds because of various officer illnesses, paternity leaves, and departures. The total overtime will be $400,000. The total fire department overtime will be $282,500. Between the police and fire departments, it amounts to almost $2,000 per day. Way too high.

New industrial building – Council approved a new 220,000 sq. ft. industrial facility on Prosper Drive. It will be occupied by Mickey Thompson Tire, which is moving from its nearby facility. (The current facility is now looking for a new tenant.) This is a nice development for our city, and it’s a win to keep Mickey Thompson here–something we have worked on through the CIC. … One issue that arose with this project is the fact that our zoning code required 379 parking spots, when about 2/3rds of that is sufficient. This causes unnecessary expense for the developer and it also takes up unnecessary greenspace. Planning committee chairman John Pribonic indicated his willingness to fix the code in this regard. I’m with him.

Leaf pickup – The city will begin making its second pass at District 1 on Monday.

Storm water fee – The finance department reported last night that residents have been receptive to the additional $2 fee included in the October bills. This small amount of money will be used to do a lot of good, and hopefully prevent some of the devastating flooding we saw a few years ago.

Next meeting – Council will meet next on December 8. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving! Our community has a lot to be grateful for.