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Move To Amend Day Special Council Meeting Announced

In November of 2014, Chagrin  Falls voters passed an ordinance by 66% of the voters designating the third Saturday in March in odd numbered years as “Move to Amend Day.”  The initiative petition placed on the ballot was a response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court decision in 2010 that, among other things, deemed spending money as an expression of free speech.

The Ordinance (2105-09) that went into effect as a result of this initiative petition calls for Village Council to hold a public meeting the third Saturday in March in odd-numbered years.  Accordingly, we are announcing a Special Council Meeting for Saturday, March 18 at 9:00 am.

Here is the language from Ordinance 2015-09 about the goal of the meeting: 

WHEREAS, an ordinance was adopted by the electorate on November 4,2014, requiring the Mayor and Village Council to designate one day every two years as “Move to Amend Day” and tosponsor a public hearing to study the impact on the Village of political influence by corporate entities, including unions and Political Action Committees, in connection with the most recent election

 

Here is information from Chagrin Falls resident Becky Thomas, who is associated with the Move to Amend organization:

In a reaction to this threat to our democracy, a national organization called Move to Amend was formed with the intent to amend the Constitution.  In the past few years, Brecksville, Shaker Hts., Mentor, Toledo, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, Newburgh Heights, Defiance and Dayton have also passed ordinances supporting this constitutional amendment.

The purpose of the public meeting is draw attention to the influence of money in politics.  Citizens will have the opportunity to speak for 5 minutes per person on any topic having to do with the Constitution, money in politics, corporate influence on social/environmental/political policy, the concept of corporate personhood, writing of legislation by corporate lobbyists, state budgets which effect local spending, or any other topic which influences our democratic principles.

Please come and speak.  Your comments will be listened to and posted on the Village website.  We welcome all citizens who want to curtail the influence the wealthy few have on our democracy.

Councilman Muscenti Resigns

 

 

Tom Muscenti has resigned from council for personal reasons effective December 27, 2016.

Council will be selecting a replacement to fill his seat for the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2017. Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to David Bloom, Clerk of Council, Chagrin Falls Village Hall, 21 West Washington Street or electronically to David@chagrin-falls.org.
Mayor Bill Tomko

 

Special Council Meeting Announced

The Chagrin Falls Village Council will hold a Special Council meeting on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:30PM to discuss signing on to an amicus brief in State ex rel. Huttman v. City of Parma.

John Mitchell Sworn In As New Council Member

John Mitchell sworn in as new Council Member 2016On August 18th, Village Council held a Special Meeting to interview candidates to fill the vacancy created when a council member moved out of town. We interviewed three very good candidates and voted unanimously to appoint John Mitchell.

John has lived in Chagrin Falls since 2005 and lives on Bell Street with his wife, Ann, and 3 sons. He has been involved in the Dad’s Club, holding various leadership roles, as well as the Chagrin Valley Jaycees. John started his career as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County where he worked in the Major Trials Unit, prosecuting homicide, rape and public corruption cases. John is currently a partner at Thompson Hine where he focuses on Product Liability Litigation, White-Collar Crime and Business Litigation.

John recently chaired the Chagrin Falls Charter Review Commission, which is a group of residents appointed every 5 years to review the Village Charter and make recommendations for modifications or improvements. As part of that process, John and his fellow commission members held multiple meetings with department heads, employees, village council, village administration as well as various boards (e.g, ARB, BZA, P&Z). Everyone on Council was impressed with John’s organization, leadership and contributions to that process and thought those skills would translate well to Village Council.

John will be sworn in at our meeting on Monday, August 22.

 

Karl Maersch

Council President