Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All information is according to the Portage County Board of Elections. Results are final but unofficial.
Voters in Kent overwhelmingly approved a 8.9-mill continuing operating levy for the Kent City Schools Tuesday while denying a former councilman a return to Kent City Council. Voters approved Issue 8 by a vote of 2,201 for the levy to 1,407 against the levy, according to final but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections. The victory came by an 800-vote margin. The levy will raise $4.25 million annually for the school district, according to school officials. The tax increase will cost the owner of a house valued at $100,000 about $272 per year. In the Democratic primary, a newcomer moves on to the general election in November for Kent City Council. Incumbent at-large councilmen Roger Sidoti, an appointee, and Michael …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Voters approve school levy by an 800-vote margin.
Voters in the Kent City Schools district on Tuesday approved a 8.9-mill new continuing levy. The continuing operating levy, called Issue 8 on the ballot, will raise $4.25 million annually for the school district and cost the owner of a house valued at $100,000 about $272 per year. Also, Kent voters who declare themselves Democrats chose three candidates to represent their party in the November general election for three council at-large seats: Michael A. DeLeone, Melissa M. Long and Roger B. Sidoti. Stay with Patch as we follow up on these stories post-election. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too! 2013 ELECTION RESULTS Kent City Council At-Large Seat Number of Votes (Top 3 advance to general election) *Results are …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"Speakeasy" themed club planned for restored downtown landmark
Kent City Council will hear a request for a liquor license transfer this week for the second time in as many months. The developer of Acorn Corner and the owners proposing a new bar, The Secret Cellar, in the restored building's basement will ask council members Wednesday to sign off on a trex liquor license transfer. Kent has existing regulations for allowing the transfer of liquor licenses via Ohio's "Trex" liquor license transfer process into the city, but The Secret Cellar fails to meet two of the three core regulations. Council has the authority to grant variances to permit trex transfers in cases where businesses fail to meet the requirements. The proposed new wine and beer bar would feature a speakeasy, 1920s theme with seats for …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The candidates, voting information and issues that will affect Kent.
As we look ahead to the May 7 primary elections, Kent Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Kent City Council At-Large (Democratic ballot only) -- Choose three.
Long looks to run again after defeat in Ward 1 contest
Name : Melissa Long Job titles held : Semi-retired; a state board member for the Ohio Alliance of Retired Americans. She runs a chapter in Trumbull, Alliance and Mahoning counties. Employers : N/A Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Local office Running for position: At-large Kent City Council Chamber/district: Citywide Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : Mayor of Cortland, Ohio; member of Cortland City Council 12 years Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: Ward 1 Kent City Council Degree: High school and one year of college at Kent State University. With any kind of development, whether it’s with city government, state government or private business, when you are undertaking huge development, you must also maintain and …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Kent City Council votes to reconsider action lessening board's authority
Should the Kent Architectural Review Board having binding authority or simply play an advisory role in development projects? That's the question members of Kent City Council are struggling with as they try to determine how much power the citizen board should have when it comes to making decisions on new building projects and remodels in the city. Earlier this month, in committee, council members voted to strip the board of it's authority to make binding decisions on such projects on the advice of Kent's law department. But Wednesday during its regular meeting council members voted to reverse that decision and instead put the issue back into a future committee meeting for further review. "There are a lot of questions that are unanswered," …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Cleveland-based NRP Group plans "Maple Brook at Four Seasons" development
Cleveland-based developer NRP Group is looking to get about $250,000 from the city of Kent towards construction of a new senior housing development off Sunnybrook Road. Kent City Council voted in committee this month to make $250,000 of Kent's allocation of Community Housing Improvement Program money, a federal housing program, available for the project. Council will cast a final vote on the issue later this month. The CHIP money will support Maple Brook at Four Seasons, a senior housing complex that will include up to 68 apartment units targeted at low-income seniors age 55 and older. The overall estimated cost of the project, which will share some facilities with neighoring KentRidge at Golden Pond, is $11.3 million. Council originally …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Kent City Council grants variance for trex license transfer
Thursday, April 4, 2013
'Twisted Root Cellars' plans to open in space at 181 E. Main St.
The owners of a proposed new wine bar in downtown Kent received a variance for a liquor license transfer from Kent City Council Wednesday. The area investors behind Twisted Root Cellars are looking to transfer a liquor license from another community into Kent in order to open a wine bar at 181 E. Main St. inside the Kent Stage building. Kent has existing regulations for allowing the transfer of liquor licenses via Ohio's "Trex" liquor license transfer process, but Twisted Root Cellars don't meet the existing requirements Kent City Council established in 2012 in order to sign off on such a transfer. The existing guidelines set by council spell out requirements that must be met before council would sign off on a trex request. The existing …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Council votes to loan $15,000 to historic house relocation effort
Kent City Council voted Wednesday to lend $15,000 to the effort to relocate the Wells Sherman House — but not without some opposition. Councilmen John Kuhar and Wayne Wilson voted against releasing the money for the loan, which will be used as part of the effort to permanently relocate the house to the greenspace at 247 N. Water St. Kuhar called the loan bad business on the city's part because there is no set promissory note or legal mortgage for the loan that spells out what would happen if the non-profit group receiving the loan, Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc., defaults on repayment. "I have yet to see a finished copy of the actual promissory note or mortgage note, but evidently there’s not going to be any mortgage because we’re not …