TWINSBURG — Council gave its blessing Tuesday to VFW Post 4929’s plans to attempt to secure a military piece of equipment for Veterans Park on Ravenna Road beside the post.

The post’s Jim Susnik told Council the VFW would like to put in requests to the various military branches to obtain something like a helicopter, tank, howitzer or aircraft to display at the 95-by-46-foot Veterans Park, which is owned by the city.

"Pieces of equipment that are no longer used by the military are made available to veterans groups for display," explained Susnik. "We’d like to obtain something. Costs of getting the item here and maintaining it would lie with the VFW."

In other action, Council OK’d the purchase of a Toro Groundsmaster embankment mower for Gleneagles Golf Course. It will be obtained from Century Equipment at a cost of $32,104 and will replace a mower bought in 2001.

To open up available positions on the environmental commission, Council approved allowing the panel to consist of up to eight members, including two who are teenagers and one non-voting Council member.

Alexandra Denker was appointed as the second teen member, and will serve through March 31, 2020.

Council also authorized the sale at auction on a list of equipment, vehicles and other items no longer needed by the city, and adopted a resolution supporting Issue 3, a 6.9-mill renewal levy for the Twinsburg schools.

Environmental commission member Daisy Walker was recognized for receiving a Serve Ohio Award honorable mention for her environmental efforts. She was nominated by the city, and was presented commendations from Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Rep. David Joyce.

Walker announced she plans to apply for a grant to clean up cigarette butts in city parks and other areas. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 grants.

The Community Emergency Response Team’s fifth anniversary also was recognized, and full-time firefighters Demetrius T. Butler and Brandon Cooper were sworn in by Mayor Ted Yates. Assistant Fire Chief Steve Bosso said CERT now boasts about 50 members.

During the public participation portion of the meeting, resident Bob Thewes brought up the city’s current debt, plus spending for the new Gleneagles Golf Course clubhouse.

Yates admitted city officials are nervous about the clubhouse project, but he said there were similar concerns when the city bought Liberty Park, and that has been a great success.

"We hope it [the clubhouse] will be something residents can be proud of, and we’re confident it will be a positive project financially," he said.

Meanwhile, Councilman Bill Furey said the city has less debt now than when he joined Council.

Golf course superintendent Jim Roberts reported the front and back 9s will be reversed this year (hole 1 will become hole 10 and vice versa), and new hole and yard markers have been installed.

Service Director Chris Campbell reported the next round of branch chipping will start May 7 and a final round of leaf pickup will begin May 14. 

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