Follow procedures

Solon Councilwoman Nancy Meany was the lone voice of reason when she questioned the sudden push for approval of a measure that would place a zone change on the Nov. 2 ballot. The issue involves rezoning three parcels of land on Aurora Road from R-1-C Single Family Residential to O-1 General Office district where an oral surgery practice wants to build an office.

She noted that there was a lack of usual procedures on this matter. Usually there’s an initiative petition with a development agreement between the developer and city in place. It turns out that none of the city departments usually involved in the process reviewed the development plans. One department official said there was not enough time.

Mrs. Meany also voiced concerns about wetlands, home to wildlife, on the parcels in question.

Mayor Edward H. Kraus called it “just a rezoning” and the “real work” on the plan begins after voters approve the change. So, how can voters seriously consider this change when they don’t have all the details of the proposed development? Does the city administration think voters are pushovers?

The mayor said he saw renderings of the buildings that were beautiful. Will voters get to see the renderings before the Nov. 2 election?

Mayor Kraus termed the area an eyesore. We drove by. Two of the parcels are vacant land with grass that needs to be cut and one has a house that’s still occupied. Unkempt but not really an eyesore.

The rush was likely to meet the filing deadline for the general election ballot.

We don’t know enough about the proposed office to have an informed opinion. But we do agree with Mrs. Meany that procedures are in place for a reason and should be


Lights out, again

Residents of Gates Mills are frustrated over the number of power outages that occur in the village.

At a recent meeting, one homeowner described being in the dark for three days. Each time she called FirstEnergy, the representative promised power would be back on in an hour and a half, to no avail. Then the promise was power in two hours. Nothing. That was a Wednesday. Then, the representative promised power by Friday morning.

Residents said this happens all year long – summer, fall, winter, spring.

Another homeowner said she has had outages at least once a week for the past five to seven weeks. Sometimes the outages are short – 20 seconds or so, but enough to need resetting clocks and appliances.

Some residents have resorted to buying backup generators.

The FirstEnergy representative said high density areas have their power restored before low density areas like Gates Mills. The company is repairing equipment and trimming trees that pull down the lines, the rep said.

Power outages are annoying and sometimes dangerous for vulnerable individuals.

We stand behind those residents who are demanding a solution.

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