Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Mayor, police chief cite safety as main concern.
After talking about it for nearly six years, city officials are hoping to finally remodel the lobby inside city hall. Mayor Katherine Procop said Tuesday that safety is the main concern behind the estimated $35,000 project. "If you go in most city halls, receptionists are behind some kind of glass for protection," Procop said. She added that the city has made safety efforts in the past by locking the back hallways and chambers of city hall. "This is the last area we need to do," Procop said. Police Chief Chris Noga told city council that two officers did a security survey of the building several years back. "One of the things on our list of issues was the lobby and how the receptionist is out in the open," Noga said. They toyed with the …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Twinsburg Police Department honored Sgt. James Tobak at Tuesday's city council meeting.
The city and the Twinsburg Police Department honored Sgt. James Tobak for his 34 years of service. He was given a special proclamation by Mayor Katherine Procop and Chief Chris Noga awarded him his badge of retirement and ownership of his weapon. He was also given $200 by the Twinsburg Police Association.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Video shows new $24 million facility in Twinsburg, discussing the past and the future.
The new Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg has been holding classes for weeks, but was officially dedicated on Wednesday. Kent State President Lester Lefton along with Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop cut the ribbon on the new 44,000-square-foot, $24 million two-story facility on Creekside Drive. University officials said this new academic center is a great opportunity for Kent State to offer a lower-cost education to a wider-range of Northeast Ohio students. Read more: Kent State Celebrates New Regional Academic Center Kent State Trustees Sign Off on $146 Million in Construction Projects Tour the Kent State Regional Academic Center (VIDEO)
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Twinsburg will charge the festival $20K per year through 2014
Less than a month before the Twins Days Festival kicks off a deal was reached on how much it will pay the city for services. Twinsburg City Council approved setting a flat fee of $20,000 starting this year and lasting through 2014. The city audits the services it provides, for purposes of streamlining and a flat fee makes it easier to budget. By setting a fee, the festival can easily budget a number and know what to expect each year, as well. “We’ve been going back and forth with what services and products we provide and how much to charge," At-Large Councilman Gary Sorace said. "I think this was a fair agreement without going back and forth.” A bulk of the cost consists of paying overtime for city workers who set up signs and banners and …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Mayor Katherine Procop said the city may look into installing an electronic sign in front of the government center.
Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop brought a "bright" idea before city council Tuesday night: Install an electronic sign in front of city hall. “I think it’s attractive and a great way to communicate,” Procop said. Procop said she wants council to consider installing an electronic sign, similar to the one at the library, at city hall to communicate upcoming events, community messages and emergency alerts. She thinks it would be a great addition to use with the new Blackboard Connect system the city plans to implement. In March the city signed a contract with Blackboard to provide messages and alerts to residents. “The whole thing would tie together seamlessly,” Procop said. The sign at the library cost $32,000, including the brick work. If …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Most members of city council and Mayor Katherine Procop agree with plans for roundabouts on State Route 91
The issue of building roundabouts at two intersections of State Route 91 has become one of the most controversial issues. As of now, the majority of city council, and the mayor, supports the first portion of the project. A two-phase project, Phase I would widen SR 91 from Post Road to Glenwood Drive and build a roundabout at the Glenwood intersection. Phase II would widen SR 91 to four lanes going to Solon and build a roundabout at Ethan's Drive and Meadowood Boulevard. While the city's main focus is Phase I, some residents have opposed the project in several community forums, and even starting an online petition against the idea. Even city council's views differed on the plan. On Feb. 14 council split 4-3 in posting answers to residents' …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
City council still trying to decide best path for the future
Even though there wasn't any legislation about the State Route 91 project Tuesday night, Twinsburg City Council still spent plenty of time discussing the issue. At the end of the meeting At-Large Councilman Gary Sorace made a motion to to hold the project and consider other options. However, only he and Ward 2 Councilman Bob McDermott voted for it. “The longer we continue to head in this direction, I think we sending the message that it is a done deal,” Sorace said. "Let’s show them what the other options are." Phase I of the project would widen SR 91 from Post Road to Glenwood Drive and construct a roundabout at the Glenwood intersection. Sorace said he has only heard from two residents in favor of the roundabouts, and continues to hear …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Did you miss any of our headlines this week? Catch up!
Another busy week has come and gone with some major new developments in the news world of Twinsburg. Twinsburg Patch brings you the news recap for this week: That's just a quick recap of the big stories. Don't forget about our Announcements page, Events calendar, Local Voices blogs, and our newly revamped "Places" business directory listing for more Twinsburg news and information.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop spoke at the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop finished her speech with that famous quote, as she delivered her State of the City address to the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. The event was hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn. The quote from Helen Keller was quite relevant as Procop spoke optimistically about 2011 and the year ahead. “Twinsburg’s strong and diverse base is accelerating at a rate that few other cities can match," Procop said. The city saw 600 new jobs in 2011 including new businesses and business expansion, like the General Electric facility. She was also proud to say how well things were moving with the former Chrysler stamping plant. Now called the …
Monday, January 23, 2012
A former clerk of council claims discrimination led to her firing in March 2009. The city disputes those claims.
A former clerk of city council is suing the City of Twinsburg, claiming she was fired because of discrimination and retaliation. Marie Weaver, of Greenway Drive, was fired by the city on March 11, 2009. The city said she was fired for poor performance. But Weaver, who is black, claims in the lawsuit she was fired out of retaliation because she filed two complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). Weaver was hired as the deputy clerk of council in November 2006, advancing to clerk of council in February 2008. According to the complaint filed against the city, which includes Mayor Katherine Procop and Human Resources Director Clayton Morris, Weaver “was subjected to myriad incidents of pettiness and hostility …