Other takes on Hudson Issues

Many of the issues we face in Hudson are not unique to our community.  Good ideas and solutions can come from anywhere. My blogsite is inspired by longstanding efforts by local elected officials, most notably from Jill Miller Zimon in Pepper Pike and Mike Rasor in Stow.

On this page I’ll provide some links to recent news stories that share how neighboring communities are discussing and perhaps solving some of the issues we face in Hudson.

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Another questionable deal in the name of “economic development” – at least this time it wasn’t made by Hudson

A 58 year payback on $35,000 initial “gift,” Brecksville gives up over 4 years of existing payroll to get a 7% bump in payroll taxes down the road. 

This is the kind of lunacy Hudson has to compete with to keep jobs and taxes in 2017.

Brecksville gives company $35,000 to stay in town, increase payroll

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 10:47 AM

By Bob Sandrick, special to cleveland.com rsandrick@yahoo.com

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The city will give $35,000 to a company that promises to stay in Brecksville and increase its payroll by 7 percent over the next three years.

Codesummit – which according to its website provides technical expertise, website and application designs and development and digital marketing solutions for online projects – would also increase its payroll tax to the city by 7 percent.

City Council approved the agreement last week. The company is in The Breck Building on Ohio 82, just west of Brecksville Road.

Under the agreement, the city would give the money upfront to Codesummit. In exchange, the company would increase its payroll from $420,000 in 2017 to $450,000 by 2020. The company would, at minimum, maintain that higher payroll through 2026.

Meanwhile, Codesummit’s 2-percent payroll tax to the city would rise from $8,400 in 2017 to at least $9,000 in 2020 and through 2026.

If Codesummit leaves the city between 2017-2020, the company would have to return the entire $35,000. The amount it would return for leaving would drop to 90 percent of $35,000 in 2021, 80 percent in 2022, 60 percent in 2023, 40 percent in 2024 and 20 percent in 2025. If the company leaves in 2026, it would not return any part of the $35,000.

If Codesummit stays in Brecksville but fails to reach its payroll goals, the company would return the difference between the payroll tax projected and the payroll tax it actually pays over 10 years.

It wasn’t clear on Tuesday whether Codesummit had been considering a move out of Brecksville. The company didn’t return calls Monday and Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the city gave Caruso’s Coffee – a roaster and distributor of specialty coffees on West Snowville Road – $160,000 to help the company with an expansion. Caruso’s was planning to move into a second building on Miller Road.

Caruso’s Coffee to expand in Brecksville; city gives $160,000 in incentives

Caruso’s Coffee to expand in Brecksville; city gives $160,000 in incentives

Brecksville will give $160,000 to a company to help with its expansion costs. Caruso’s Coffee, a roaster and distributor of specialty coffees on West Snowville Road, plans to expand into a second building on Miller Road, west of Interstate 77.

 

The Caruso’s agreement requires the company to stay in town and maintain at least 90 percent of its current payroll for at least 10 years. If the company fails to do so during the first five years, it must repay the entire $160,000 grant.

 

Caruso’s, if it leaves town or slips below 90 percent of its current payroll, would have to pay back 90 percent of the grant in the sixth year of the agreement; 75 percent in the seventh year; 60 percent in the eighth year and 40 percent in the ninth year.

http://www.cleveland.com/brecksville/index.ssf/2017/08/brecksville_gives_company_3500.html#incart_river_home

 

One NE Ohio City considers selling property to attract medical marijuana facility 

While the State of Ohio is months away from finalizing regulations on growing, process and dispensing facilities, the “land rush” to acquire licenses is on. While Hudson Council debates this, nearby Eastlake is not only welcoming a grow facility, city leaders are willing to sell city land to make it happen, reports the Plain Dealer.

Ohio cities block medical marijuana business licenses months before any will be awarded

Ohio’s medical marijuana law is a month away from taking effect and awarding marijuana business licenses is even further down the road, but Lakewood and other communities across the state are already making moves to block marijuana businesses from starting in their communities.

A handful of Ohio cities have put a six-month moratorium on licensing marijuana cultivators, processors and retailers. Several others are considering similar temporary bans ahead of the new law, which takes effect Sept. 8.

But it’s not likely that any marijuana businesses will be licensed in Ohio in the next six months. The new law tasks three government agencies with setting up the regulations and licensing processes, and the first deadline is in May 2017. Full story as published in Plain Dealer

Another story on same topic from NewsChannel 5:

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-lorain/avon-lake-safety-committee-moves-forwared-with-medical-merijuana-moratorium

Neighbor Disputes Turn Wealthy Areas Into War Zones

Tiffs between luxury homeowners can escalate into bruising legal, financial and emotional combat

The battle between homeowner Marshall Jenney and the Seabreeze Homeowners Association in Rehoboth Beach, Del., began innocently enough: Some of Mr. Jenney’s bushes and trees had grown too high.

After years of litigation, a contempt order, tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and a judge’s admonishment that the entire case had been “a colossal waste of resources,” Mr. Jenney finally cut his foliage.

The upscale resort area, however, will never be the same. In addition to draining the homeowners association’s general fund of about $30,000, it set neighbor against neighbor as the community argued over spending money on the litigation, said Jeffrey Stickle, 65, who said his views were blocked by Mr. Jenney’s trees.

Read full article from WSJ:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/neighbor-disputes-turn-wealthy-areas-into-war-zones-1469713527

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBER CENSURED FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN MACEDONIA. 

Some pretty crazy City Council actions going on in Macedonia. City Councils conduct business under general laws of the State of Ohio as well as the US Constitution. They, like other legislative bodies, control the conduct of their members through the option of removal, or in less extreme cases, censure. Censure is the public reprimanding of a public official for inappropriate conduct or voting behavior.

Macedonia City Council voted 3-1  on Feb. 26 to censure one of their own members, Sylvia Hanneken. While there were numerous charges listed (read them here if you like: -http://nordoniahills.news/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cc-meeting022516.pdf ) the one most troubling is this one:

“Various dates in 2014, 2015, & 2016 – Through her Facebook site Macedonia Civics, Ms. Hanneken has continually employed a strategy of undermining the administration and her fellow members of Council through her postings attacking the opinions of her colleagues. Although open discussions and opinions are welcomed and encourage through dialog at all Council meetings, Ms. Hanneken’s postings, prior to any dialog, only leads to public misconceptions. This calls into question Ms. Hanneken’s ethics, and her lack of respect of Council, especially when the majority of Council disagrees with Ms. Hanneken’s position. As an elected official, Ms. Hanneken’s opinions should be heard, but the platform that they should be levied at is during Council meetings, and not through social media.”

That any responsible elected official or administrator, let alone a majority of an elected body, would include an elected officials  use of social media to express their opinion as a “charge” of misconduct is in itself misconduct.

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Does Hudson need a law against “trash pickers?” Some have told me we do. Others think it helps the environment by keeping items out of the trash stream.

But unless they are “Frank and Mike” from the popular “American Pickers” TV show, you may want to know who is on your property. At least that is the thinking behind an ordinance one Lake County community passed recently.  The editorial link explains:

First, it will make it illegal to rummage through someone’s trash without their permission.

Although “pickers” often make their way up and down streets and want to scoop up items of value as quickly as possible, they should at least have the courtesy to get permission from homeowners.

After all, homeowners have the right to decide who comes on their property and shouldn’t be forced to eject unwanted visitors and risk the possibility of a verbal or physical confrontation.

The ordinance also is needed to ward off people who have no qualms about making a mess on someone else’s property as they seek treasures amid the trash.

http://www.news-herald.com/opinion/20150206/editorial-garbage-picking-law-needed-in-mentor-on-the-lake

Do we need this type of law in Hudson? Let me know.

Shoveling Sidewalks Cleveland Hts residents who don’t clean their sidewalks may have to pay if walks aren’t cleaned. http://s.cleveland.com/GxjtnXe  via @clevelanddotcom

City coordination of Rubbish Pickup

Westlake  http://www.cleveland.com/westlake/index.ssf/2014/04/westlake_residents_trash_autom.html

Balancing City Budgets

Chagrin Falls

http://www.cleveland.com/chagrin-falls/index.ssf/2014/10/chagrin_falls_needs_income_tax.html#comments

Raising Backyard Chickens 

Lakewood   http://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2014/09/lakewood_city_council_members_4.html

Chagrin Falls  http://www.cleveland.com/chagrin-falls/index.ssf/2014/07/chagrin_falls_hosts_public_hea.html

Broadview Heights http://www.cleveland.com/broadview-heights/index.ssf/2014/09/broadview_heights_city_council_79.html#incart_river

http://www.cleveland.com/broadview-heights/index.ssf/2014/09/broadview_heights_will_not_mak.html

Gas Well Drilling

Broadview Heights   http://www.cleveland.com/broadview-heights/index.ssf/2014/09/broadview_heights_will_not_mak.html

Gates Mills   http://www.cleveland.com/broadview-heights/index.ssf/2014/09/broadview_heights_will_not_mak.html

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