MACEDONIA — Legislation to improve aesthetics on residential properties by requiring residents to remove unused satellite dishes before new dishes can be installed has been rejected by City Council.
At Council’s March 8 meeting, amendments to regulations governing satellite earth stations were defeated in a 4-0 vote, with Councilwoman Janet Tulley abstaining.
Changes proposed in the ordinance included that dishes, referred to as "earth stations," could not be erected on any property where there is an existing device no longer in service and that a permit would be required for placement of a new device.
Councilman Nick Molnar said he agreed there is some need for such action, but he was hesitant to pass the amendments because they "place the onus on homeowners rather than service providers."
Councilman Kevin Bilkie said he does not favor the amendments because they would be difficult to enforce. Council reps Vini Ventura and Jessica Brandt also voted "no" on the amendments.
Tulley said new technology is on the horizon that would eliminate the need for installing satellite dishes to receive television signals, and that would make regulating them a moot point.
Council had discussed the amendments for the past month, and Law Director Mark Guidetti tweaked the language a couple of times before the final version of the amendments were introduced.
Meanwhile, Council authorized the issuance and sale of notes in a maximum principal amount of $1.3 million in anticipation of issuing bonds to finance constructing, reconstructing, resurfacing and improving city roads.
The bonds will mature over a period of 20 years. Mayor Joseph Migliorini said the city has a list of 32 roads which will be improved in 2018, and nine were taken care of last year.
The mayor said the notes should be issued by the time the city awards a contract for the third group of roads to be addressed this year. Contracts have been awarded for the first two groups.
Council OK’d transferring $500,000 from the general fund to the family recreation fund to pay for construction of new locker rooms at the Macedonia Family Recreation Center, and $18,000 from the police pension fund to the general fund.
Also approved was the date of March 22 at 7:15 p.m. for a public hearing to consider the renewal of placement of land at 9541 N. Bedford Road in an agricultural district.
The property has changed hands, and current owner Ashtif LLC has applied for renewal for another five years. Any interested person can appear to speak in support of or in opposition to the renewal.
Council also authorized the parks and recreation director and mayor to advertise for bids for a cleaning contract at the 55,000-square-foot recreation center. Migliorini said a contractor could do the job cheaper than if it is done in-house.
The mayor reported school and city officials will meet April 11 to look at ways to increase security around the schools. The session will not be open to the public. "We are trying to make all efforts we can to enhance the safety of students," he said.
Molnar reported a parent he talked to is concerned that having police officers in the schools is "intimidating" to students. He noted he hopes local officers are "approachable" and not intimidating.
Finance Director Rhonda Hall reported Macedonia has the third lowest property tax rate among 22 taxing districts in Summit County.
Bilkie will be the Council rep available for private meetings with residents before the March 22 meeting. The private sessions start at 6:30 p.m.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org