City Council

The Lakewood City Council Committee of the Whole has scheduled a series of public meetings considering the recently announced Letter of Intent related to Lakewood Hospital.  Each meeting will focus on a different topic related to the Letter of Intent.  These are open meetings that members of the public are invited to attend.  The membership of the City Council Committee of the Whole consists of all seven council members, who are scheduled to be present for each meeting.  Please refer to the schedule for a description of each topic to be discussed as well as the names of any leaders outside of council’s membership who will be present to provide input on each topic.

Lakewood City Council Committees of the Whole
Considering the Letter of Intent
2015

*Schedule is subject to change and additional meetings may be added.

DATE

DOMAIN

LEADERS

1/26/15

LHA-Council relationship;
process of decision-making;
Council responsibility

Kevin Butler

2/2/15
Monday

Brief, general conversation about the LOI and community outreach
(this COW is scheduled for McKinley development)

Council

2/9/15
Monday
6:00 PM

Health Care in NEO;  population health; what does health & wellness mean to Lakewood; Task Force connection

Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner

Toni Gelsomino, Lakewood Director of Human Services

2/11/15
Wednesday
5:30 PM

5:30 – 6:45 with Subsidium
In Council conference room; review rationale and timeline

Lisa Fry, Subsidium
Mayor Summers
Other

2/17/15
Tuesday
6:00 PM

Brief, general conversation about the LOI and community outreach;
(other pressing city issues at COW)

Council

2/23/15
Monday
6:00 PM

LHA, LHF and the LOI  focus on finances including investment, assets, etc.

Ken Haber, LHF
Ankit Chhabra, Cleveland Clinic
Mike Harrington, Cleveland Clinic

3/2/15
Monday
6:00 PM

Brief, general conversation about the LOI and community outreach;
(other pressing city issues at COW)

Council

3/5/15
Thursday
8:00 PM

LHA Trustees;
Discussion of rationale behind the development of strategic options for hospital; Trustees offer personal perspectives on the LOI as residents of Lakewood

Ellen Brzytwa, LHA Trustee
Curt Brosky, LHA Trustee
Others (as availability allows)

3/9/15
Monday
6:00 PM

Transportation considerations and the LOI

 

Glenn Coyne, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive
Toni Gelsomino, Lakewood Director of Human Services

3/12/15
Thursday
8:00 PM

Discussion of possible alternatives to LOI and local medical provider concerns for ongoing health care delivery.

Michael Skindell, State Senator
Dr. Terry Kilroy, local physician

3/16/15
Monday
6:00 PM

Brief, general conversation about the LOI and community outreach;
(other pressing city issues at COW)

Council

3/23/15
Monday
6:00 PM

LOI and the human service provider community; provider reactions, questions, how it may affect our human services, and consideration of the findings of the Human Services Summit

Toni Gelsomino, Lakewood Director of Human Services
Mary Anne Crampton, Human Services Summit Facilitator
LCSC
North Coast
Teen Health
Others

3/30/15
Monday
6:00 PM

FHC and potential development in the downtown and beyond; effect on current projects; other ED considerations

Dru Siley, Lakewood Director of Planning and Development

4/6/15
Monday
6:00 PM

Brief, general conversation about the LOI and community outreach;
(other pressing city issues at COW)

Council

4/13/15
Monday
6:00 PM

FHC and Finance from the city’s perspective
Other to be determined

Jenn Pae, Lakewood Director of Finance

4/20/15
Monday
6:00 PM

Brief, general conversation about the LOI and community outreach;
(other pressing city issues at COW)

Council

4/27/15
Monday

To Be Scheduled

To Be Scheduled

*Schedule is subject to change and additional meetings may be added.

Lakewood operates under a City Charter that provides for a Mayor/Council form of government and designates City Council as the legislative branch of Lakewood’s city government. Seven council members (3 at-large and 1 for each of the city’s four wards) hold meetings in open public forums on the first and third Monday of every month (recess in August) at 7:30 P.M. in the City Hall auditorium. Council members serve four-year staggered terms.

A Citizen’s Guide to Lakewood City Council, meeting dockets, minutes and referrals are available to the public by calling (216) 529-6055, visiting the Council offices at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, or by email.

Receive information about meeting dates and times 24 hours a day by calling the Lakewood Legislative Information Line at (216) 529-6055.

Pictured: Standing (R to L): Shawn Juris, David Anderson, Cindy Marx,
Sam O'Leary and Tom Bullock
Seated: Mary Louise Madigan and Ryan Nowlin

Lakewood City Council Roster
THE ROLE OF COUNCIL

As the legislative arm of Lakewood City government, the chief function of City Council is the making of laws. While serving as the city’s lawmaking body, Council also monitors the operation and performance of the city budget. In addition, Council members serve as their constituents’ links to their local government. When a constituent has a question or concern with city policy or services, they are encouraged to contact their ward Council representative, or any Council at Large member.

LEGISLATION

The legislative powers of the City, except as limited by the Charter, are vested in City Council. As the legislative body, Council makes and passes the laws governing the city. The legislative process comprises a number of steps, and includes committee action during which the most intense consideration is given to the proposed measures; this is also the time when citizens are given their opportunity to be heard. Each piece of legislation is referred to the committee that has jurisdiction over the area affected by the measure. Council members serve on at least two committees and all serve on the Committee of the Whole. Most committee meetings are held in the Court’s jury room or in the Council Chambers.

Legislation is introduced in the following manner:

  1. Legislation is proposed by Council members, the Mayor or administration or by citizen initiative (petition). Under Article III, Section 8 of the City Charter, “each proposed ordinance shall be introduced in written or printed form and shall not contain more than one subject, which shall be clearly stated in the title,” with the exception of general appropriation ordinances.
  2. Proposed legislation is introduced to Council during a regularly scheduled public Council meeting and referred to the appropriate committee.
  3. A committee hearing is held, during which Council members consider the proposed legislation and public commentary.
  4. If necessary, the proposed legislation is amended.
  5. The committee votes on the legislation.
  6. If passed, the legislation is sent to full Council for discussion and a final vote.
  7. If passed, the legislation is sent to the Mayor.
  8. The Mayor signs the legislation.
  9. The proposed legislation becomes a local law.

If the Mayor disapproves and vetoes it, the legislation comes back to Council with the Mayor’s written objections. Council can override the Mayor’s veto by a two-thirds vote. If the Mayor does not sign or veto the legislation within ten days after receiving it from Council, it is considered approved.

BUDGET

Under Article III, Section 14 of the City Charter:
“On or before the fifteenth day of November in each year, the Mayor, Director of Public Works and Director of Finance shall prepare an estimate of the expense of conducting the affairs of the City for the following year; this estimate shall be compiled from detailed information obtained from the various departments.”

This estimate itemizes the expense of conducting each department, comparisons with corresponding items of expenditures for the last two complete fiscal years, reasons for proposed increases or decreases compared with the current fiscal year, departmental schedules, payroll increases, anticipated revenue from taxes and other sources, debt interest and bond retirement funds, long-term financial obligations of the City and “such other information as may be required by Council.” Upon receipt of the estimate, Council initiates the budget approval process to monitor the operation and performance of the City’s budget, establish priorities and allocate resources for the year, and thereafter pass temporary or permanent appropriation ordinances.