Council Votes on Putting Six Issues on November Ballot
Twinsburg City Council meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
Four of the issues up for a vote were actually approved during the November 2009 election. However, because the issues weren't advertised properly, council will decide to put them through again, the right way.
One issue ammends the city charter to combine the Historic Preservation Commission with the Architectural Review Board.
It was Issue 32 in November 2009 and was approved with 75 percent voting for it.
The second issue modifies the requirements for hiring a law director. The legislation says that the candidate, chosen by the mayor and approved by council, must have five years of practice in municipal law.
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In 2009, Twinsburg approved this change (known as Issue 33) with 78 percent of the popular vote.
The third issue clarifies that any parcel of land annexed by the city must be classified by the planning commission before approval by council. This is does not apply to residential areas, however.
This issue was approved with 62 percent of the popular vote in 2009, known as Issue 34.
The final issue to be reconsidered affects how charter amendments are sent to the ballot. If approved, city council would be required to submit to the ballot any revisions, alterations, or amendments that are recommended by the Charter Review Commission.
This was approved in 2009 with 80 percent of the popular vote (Issue 35).
Two new issues to hit the ballot include regulations on rain barrels and wind turbines.
Twinsburg will vote on regulations for rain barrels, including installation and location. This is to insure they are installed in a way that complies with city's building codes and to make sure they don't cause harm or damage to nearby properties, like runoff from a downspout to the edge of a property that could cause flooding.
Voting on regulations for wind turbines would allow the height to be above the city's height limitations as long as the property is large enough, in case they fall. These turbines would have to have vertical axis (not the air plane propeller type), limiting affects to local wildlife and not harming adjacent properties.
As of now these are the only issues set for the ballot, but any others would have to be approved by council at its meeting in August.
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You can view each of the ballot issues in our PDF section above.