Kovacs wins mayoralslot, but recount is setAfter provisional votes were counted, Streetsboro Planning Director Linda Kovachs emerged as the second candidate for mayor in the fall election.However, the Portage County Board of Elections is to conduct a recount May 31 to see if the final vote totals were correct. An automatic recount is conducted if the race is decided by less than 1 percent of votes.Kovacs emerged in last week's certified vote count as the second top vote-getter with 665 votes to 19-year-old Brett McClafferty's 664. Councilman Tom Wagner was the top vote-getter with 670.The unofficial results on election night May 8 had Kovacs and McClafferty tied with 660 votes.If McClafferty edges ahead of Kovacs after the recount, he will face eligibility questions about whether he can run for the post in November.Vets memorial bricksto be ordered by July 1 Memorial bricks for the Portage County Veterans Memorial must be ordered by July 1 to be in place for the memorial's primary dedication in 2008.Orders for bricks may be placed by clicking on the "donations" link at the veterans memorial Web site -- www.portagecountyvets.com -- and printing off a brick donation form.Those interested also can donate by calling Kerry Macomber, executive assistant for the Portage County commissioners, at 330-297-3603 to request an order form.Bricks are available at three price levels -- $100 for 8-by-8 inches clay, $250 for 12-by-12 inches clay or $1,000 for 12-by-12 inches granite block.The memorial is to be built on the lawn in front of the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna. The plaza will utilize the bald eagle and symbolize county veterans serving the United States.Law director is gettingdifferent defense teamStreetsboro's law director will get a different defense team than his city colleagues in a legal complaint filed by a citizens group.On May 21, City Council approved spending no more than $2,000 to have law firm Mazanec, Raskin, Ryder and Keller LPA defend Law Director Chad Murdock in the taxpayers' legal complaint.The complaint filed by the Streetsboro Eyes and Ears Alliance's attorney alleges the city followed improper procedure in 2004 rezoning decisions.The decisions affected the Defer property, where Wood-mont Development is erecting a shopping center, and several other areas citywide.Mayor Mark Pavlick and Murdock have denied there is any merit to the complaint.Applicants are soughtto serve on park boardThe Portage Park District Board is looking for an additional two members to serve.Portage County commissioners recently voted to expand the park board, which is possible under the Ohio Revised Code.Probate Court Judge Thomas J. Carnes has been asked to appoint the new members. Board members serve three-year terms without compensation. The Park District operates Towner's Woods, Dix Park, The Portage Hike and Bike Trail, Headwaters Trail and Camp Spelman, plus owns four properties not yet open to the public.Interested applicants for the board should send a resume by June 29 to Carnes, Box 936, Ravenna 44266. For details, call 330-297-7728 or visit www.-portageparkdistrict.org.Neighboring city nixesadditional open spaceAfter nearly five months of debate, Streetsboro City Council recently voted down amendments to the city's residential overlay zoning rule that would have re-quired 40 percent of a development to be open space, while increasing the housing density.Council voted 6-1 against the amendment. "In my opinion, the overlay amendment is worse than PUD zoning," said resident Bill Poston before the vote. "We don't need any quarter-acre lots."The proposed amendments would have increased the minimum open space required in overlay zoning to 40 percent from between 25 percent and 35 percent in some cases, and would have allow-ed unbuildable land to be included in the total.Youth council formedRavenna City Council President Dick Leonard swore in the first class of Ravenna Youth Council members May 24. It will be one of three youth councils functioning in Ohio, according to Councilman Scott Rainone. The students will work closely with Council and conduct monthly meetings to address concerns and needs of city youths.