TWINSBURG – At City Council’s Oct. 9 session, a handful of Council reps, Mayor Ted Yates and resident Michael Turle praised the organizers of a recent fundraiser for victims of an I-90 wrong-way collision that claimed the lives of three people and injured two others.

On Aug. 4, Max Ligon, 19, of Reminderville and Cidney Nicole Thomas, 20, of Bedford Heights were killed by wrong-way driver Michael Kantos, 58, who also died. Courtney Spencer and Daysha Watson were seriously injured.

Hundreds of people attended the day-long fundraiser called Heart4Healing at Sassy’s Bar & Grill, and eight bands performed free of charge. Several individuals and businesses donated equipment and raffle baskets.

"The effort renewed my faith in humanity," said Turle. "There is too much hate in the world, and we need to embrace positive things more often and be nicer to people. Coming together like this is a wonderful thing."

"It’s amazing to see the community come together like this," said Yates. "I thank all our residents who supported the cause, and the neighbors who put up with the music all day and evening."

"It was an amazing event, and the money collected was incredible," said Councilman Sam Scaffide, while Councilman Brian Steele added, "There were some great bands on hand, and I commend the organizers of the event."

In other matters Oct. 9, Council authorized the advancement of local taxes from the Summit County fiscal officer for 2019, payable in 2020, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.

An ordinance was introduced defining "family" in the zoning code and limiting the number of non-related individuals that can live together in a residential structure. It will be on second reading at Council’s Oct. 23 session.

The "family" definition reads as follows: "One or more persons related by blood, marriage, adoption or not more than four persons not related by blood, marriage or adoption, occupying a dwelling unit as a single housekeeping unit."

Yates reported the new ball field at Liberty Park is about complete, and a dedication is planned in the spring.

Councilman Scott Barr reported the planning commission Oct. 7 approved two items – replacement of a chemical storage shed at Safran Power on Darrow Road and a similar use designation for Faithful Companion Pet Cremation Services, which plans to open a facility on Darrow Road.

A similar use determination is required when a proposed use is not listed in any of the district regulations. The new pet cremation facility will be in an I-3 heavy industrial district.

Fire Chief Tim Morgan reported his crews responded to 237 calls in September, bringing the total for the year to 2,189, a 3 percent increase over 2018.

Finance Director Sarah Buccigross reported interest earnings so far in 2019 are up $24,000, or 16 percent over last year.

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