Thursday, January 17, 2013
Mayor William Roth delivered his State of the City address at Monday's Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.
The crime rate in Fairlawn is slowly dropping, according to Fairlawn Mayor William Roth. At Monday's Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Roth delivered his State of the City address and stated 91 percent of crime in the city is theft/shoplifting. However, the number of juvenile crimes dropped 29 percent from 2011 and the number of drug-related crimes dropped 49 percent. The number of calls coming into the police department also dropped by 8 percent, Roth said. The department received 60,582 calls, and those range from something as simple as locking keys in the car to crimes. Car accidents went up 8 percent in 2012. In the Detective Bureau, investigators worked on 82 felony cases and had a 62 percent solve rate, Roth said. That's up from a 55 …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Mayor Roth intends to seek reimbursement, but other U.S. towns haven't had luck getting paid.
Having the sitting president of the United States stay overnight in your town is a big deal. And it's a really expensive deal, Mayor William Roth told City Council members Monday. Roth said President Barack Obama's overnight stay July 5 at the Hilton Hotel on West Market Street cost the city more than $34,000 for employee labor and materials needed to meet security requirements mandated by the U.S. Secret Service. Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten reported that his department spent $5,297 on materials and racked up $12,192 in labor costs to erect numerous detour and police signs and 4,800 feet of orange snow fencing around the Hilton. The department's materials breakdown included $2,074 for fencing, $2,025 for rebar, $720 for rope, $159…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Follow our live feed of the trial and join the conversation here.
The last testimony of the Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road trial will be heard today. Tune in at 9:30 a.m. for our live feed. Local editor Megan Rozsa will be at the courthouse covering the trial. Fairlawn Mayor William Roth is the final witness. Join the conversation above and tell us what you think. Look for the full story the next morning. Related articles: Catch Up: Last Witness in Rothrock Road Trial Takes Stand Wednesday Chief Hose: Blocking Rothrock Would Not Hurt Copley Township LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Day 10 Copley Township, Jacob Pollock Attorneys Rest in Rothrock Road Trial LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Day 9 Expert: 'Copley Place Location is Every Fire Chief's Dream' LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Roth will give his address at Monday's 6:30 p.m. City Council meeting.
Mayor William Roth will give his annual State of the City Address at tonight's city council meeting, which starts at 6:30 in council chambers. Roth will give reports from each of the city's departments, including police and fire, public service and more. Roth originally gave his address in front of members of the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce, but this is the first time he has addressed council. Council members will also look to approve two amendments in the city's employee handbook, and appoint two people to city boards. To see the full agenda, click on the media section of this article.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Dobson was promoted from lieutenant
At Monday night's city council meeting, Fairlawn Fire Department Lt. Rich Dobson was promoted to captain, and sworn into the new position by Mayor William Roth. Dobson has been with the department since 1985, according to acting fire Chief Russ Hose. In the last 26 years, Hose said Dobson has responded to just shy of 9,000 calls. He is also a member of the Summit County HAZMAT and SWAT teams. "I am honored and blessed to have spent the first 26 years of my career in Fairlawn," Dobson said. "I can't imagine a better group of people to work with or for." Dobson is from Kenmore, and lives with his wife and two kids in the West Akron area.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Mayor William Roth delivered his State of the City Address Monday
When it comes to the dark cloud of city finances, Mayor William Roth can see the silver lining. At Monday's State of the City Address, held at the Fairlawn Hilton, Roth said revenues for 2011 were up 6.2 percent higher than 2010, which puts the city back on 2008, pre-recession levels. "This is very good for our city," Roth said. "Finances are a roller coaster for a lot of cities, so we're very pleased." In terms of saving the city money, Roth announced he was able to renegotiate contracts with city unions that have a zero percent increase in health care benefits. This will save the city $110,000, he said. "Having no increase in these times is something we're fortunate to have," he said. "(Normally) it's approximately 11 percent of the city…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Fairlawn Community Foundation seeking community input on quality of life issues.
Fairlawn Mayor William Roth has a question for city residents: What quality-of-life issues should be funded by the Fairlawn Community Foundation? The non-profit foundation was founded in 2010 to bring "the ooohs and aaahs of the Fairlawn Fireworks” back to the city’s July Fourth celebration in 2011, as a tight city budget had forced their cancellation. The foundation reached that goal last spring, raising more than $60,000 from individual and corporate donors to fund the concert and fireworks show that drew about 25,000 spectators to Bicentennial Park each year. The Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce stepped in with a $5,000 donation as major sponsor of the Fourth of July parade, which also had been cancelled by the city. Roth, an ex-…