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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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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