The Cleveland Municipal Court has issued a creative sentence for a woman who drove onto a sidewalk in order to pass a school bus full of children-she will have to wear an "idiot" sign. ABC news reports that the woman, who the bus driver caught on video, will have to wear a sign that says "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus" next Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the intersection of East 38th and Payne in Cleveland. The sign has to be on white poster board with capital letters in black marker. This situation makes me think of Bill Engvall and "Here's Your Sign."
Like most kids, my children used to love buying ice cream from ice cream trucks that drove through our neighborhood. Now, the kids who live south of Cleveland in Copley Township are going to have to get their ice cream somewhere else. According to newsnet5.com, Copley has recently banned all transient vendors and is going to use the law to deny renewal permits to ice cream truck vendors at the end of August. Two reasons a Township trustee cited in support of the law were safety issues for children, who often run at the trucks, and the lack of screening for the ice cream truck drivers.
The City of North Royalton, Ohio is considering passing a new ordinance to prohibit smoking in parks, fields, and outdoor seating areas. Newsnet5 reports that the ban was proposed in response to complaints about smoking around children at their sports games. The City' Council's Safety Committee will hold a public hearing on the issue on April 15th. North Royalton already has an ordinance (#620.04) that prohibits smoking in indoor, public places. The entirety of Chapter 620 is devoted to clean indoor air, but section 620.06 contains various exceptions, some of which may conflict with Ohio's anti-smoking laws.
The Parma, Ohio School Board has requested an opinion from the Ohio Attorney General in connection with a taping at one of their meetings. The request asks the AG's office to determine whether any public records (and presumably open meetings) laws were violated when Board President Rosemary Gulick directed that a tape which was being made be stopped and rewound when the Board discussed the Superintendent's employment contract. The AG's office provides a page on Ohio's Sunshine Laws as well as an online Open Meeting Complaint form. Click here to read a Plain Dealer article about the controversial deal the Board was potentially offering to allow the School Superintendent to retire and be re-hired, thereby collecting salary and pension at the same time.
According to the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission blog, the leaders in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township have started dicussing a merger of their two communities. According to the blog, Olmsted Falls Mayor Robert Blomquist "wants to conduct a study and create a committee of residents." Both Blomquist and his City's Council President believe that merger would achieve costs savings and allow the Township to lower its property taxes. Although the communities have a joint school system, they have separate police, fire and service departments. If they were to merge, the Plain Dealer estimates that the joint population would reach 19,000, which is about the size of Rocky River, Ohio. In the 1970's Olmsted Falls merged with the Village of Westview.