MUNROE FALLS -- Voters may have an opportunity to decide on proposed amendments to the city's basic governmental blueprint later this year.

The recently formed seven-member charter review commission began holding what are planned to be weekly public meetings in City Council chambers April 20, Commission Chairman Brad Sisak told the Stow Sentry April 26.

Sisak, who served as mayor from 2000 to 2004, said the first meeting was a "meet and greet" and he expected that it would really begin to get down to business at its April 27 meeting, which was after press time.

"Hopefully we can get some items on the table to discuss," said Sisak. "At this point, we don't have any real issues on the table."

Sisak said that because of other public bodies using City Hall for meetings, including Council, the planning commission, the board of zoning appeals and the park board, the commission will have to "set (meetings) up as we go."

"City Hall isn't always available," he said, adding that the schedules of members are also a factor.

Sisak said he wants to limit meetings to 90 minutes to two hours in length.

"I think by 9 p.m., people's brains and minds are starting to shut down a little bit," he said.

He said he hopes that members of other city bodies, including Council, will attend or forward any opinions they may have.

"We're certainly interested in any input they might have," said Sisak, adding that Law Director Tom Kostoff is expected to be available to offer guidance.

Commission appointed every five years

The city's charter, which lays out how the city is governed, much as the U.S. Constitution does for the nation, requires that the mayor appoint seven city residents, with Council approval, every five years to go over the charter and make recommendations for amendments to Council. Members must be voters who do not hold an elective office or paid position with the city.

The charter requires that recommendations be made to Council by July 1. Council then decides which, if any, of the recommendations it will place on the general election ballot.

The deadline for filing issues with the Summit County Board of Elections for the Nov. 7 election is Aug. 9.

Council approved Mayor James Armstrong's appointees on March 21. Armstrong said he began contacting people he felt would be good commission members in January and that Council members were helpful in making recommendations.

"It really made things a lot easier," Armstrong told Council, adding "I tried to get people from every part of the city."

Councilor Mike Barnes said, "It's an excellent group of people."

Members have varied experience

Besides Sisak, an Oakhurst Drive resident and a retired Internal Revenue Service agent, other commission members include:

Silver Valley Boulevard resident Yvonne Cherkala. Additional information about Cherkala was unavailable before press time.

Cheltenham Lane resident Lisa Hawes, who has been a bailiff for the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court and the Summit County Juvenile Court, was involved with a fundraising effort to purchase equipment for the city's fire department and served on the city's EMS commission for several years.

Willow Grove Drive resident Alan Mavrides, a civil engineer who currently serves as chairman of the Summit County Planning Commission.

Cheltenham Lane resident Mike Serafin, who recently retired as vice president for Relentless Power and before that was a wind development program manager with DTE Energy, a position that required him to get zoning approvals for wind energy development at the county and township levels.

Glenside Drive resident Linda Trevorrow, a certified public accountant with her own firm in Stow, she served on the city's income tax review board, and is a member, and in some cases a current or former board member and/or treasurer, of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls, the Stow-Munroe Falls Citizens for Non-Partisan Politics, the Stow Historical Society, the Stow Community Foundation and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation.

Barton Drive resident Randy Worthington, who retired after working for more than 41 years in computer management for the Firestone and Bridgestone Americas tire companies. He is now a member of the city's park board.

Sisak said he has met some of his fellow commission members but not all. It is his impression, he said, that members are "interested in discussing and being open minded about what's in the charter and moving forward."


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