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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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Get out your warm clothes because it’s going to be in the thirties for tonight’s Trick or Treat!  I guess we can be happy that it’s not going to snow.  Despite the chilly weather, I hope to see you out for Trick or Treat tonight.  Strongsville Trick or Treat runs from 6-8 pm. 

I’ll be out with my boys:  one T-rex fossil & one who might be afraid of his Elmo costume.  But even though I’ll be enjoying Trick or Treat with my kiddos, we’ll have plenty of treats at our house for YOU! Be sure to stop by and say hi.  (We participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project too.)

I also want to caution everyone to please be careful out there!  If you’re driving, keep an eye out for all of the costumed trick-or-treaters! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Beckett, Mom, Sawyer, and Dad!

City Council Should Listen to Residents — Not NYC Private Equity Firms

medmutualofficeAt the October 16th City Council meeting, Strongsville residents came out in force to oppose the proposed re-zoning of the former Medical Mutual property at 17800 Royalton Road.  I had the opportunity to speak during the public meeting and I voiced my opposition to the re-zoning.  My concerns include exacerbating the traffic headaches on 82, the problems created by adding more retail to an already saturated market, and adverse impact on Ledgewood residents.  The Strongsville Post printed an article in today’s edition about the hearing.  Here’s an excerpt:

Kelly Kosek, who is running for an at-large council seat, implored council to vote on the rezoning that evening so residents would know which way council members voted prior to the Nov. 7th election.

She also pointed to traffic issues and the oversaturation of retail should the project go forth.

“I can’t imagine that single traffic light is going to be sufficient,” she said.  “I, frankly, find it hard to believe that an office worker would not drive across the street to The Rail.  There are other restaurants that are not that far either.  Are you going to fail the residents on this?  Strongsville City Council should be listening to the residents and not a New York City private equity firm.”

To read more, check out the Post’s article.

Kosek concerned about unchecked development, lack of communication from city

Bob Sandrick, from Cleveland.com, published candidate profiles in the Strongsville City Council race.  Kelly’s profile is below:

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Candidate: Kelly Kosek

Age: 40

Occupation: Attorney, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, in Cleveland

Prior elected office or campaign: None

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history and political science, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania; law degree, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Family: Husband Jason Wheat; sons Sawyer, 7, and Beckett, 2

Kosek said she is running for council because she doesn’t believe the status quo is good enough. She said citizens deserve a choice, and a chance to bring change.

“I’m especially concerned about the unchecked development and lack of communication from the city about that development, and a lack of foresight,” Kosek said.

For example, Kosek said the subdivision Fieldstone Preserve was in the works for months earlier this year before neighboring residents realized it was coming.

“The developer was able to work on their plans before residents knew,” Kosek said. “A whole bunch of trees that had been there for decades were clear-cut. By the time residents started attending meetings about the development, it was basically a done deal.”

Kosek said she opposes the proposed retail development near the former Medical Mutual building because the city – with the I-71 slip-ramp proposal off the table – has not resolved its traffic problems. More retail will only add cars.

“Also, that development may cause flooding in Ledgewood, which is directly behind it,” Kosek said. “Ledgewood residents are worried. The best use of that land is for office buildings, what its’s already zoned for, because it will give us the best jobs.”

Kosek said she’s disappointed council likely won’t vote on the proposed retail development in front of the Medical Mutual building until the night before Election Day. She believes council planned it that way, so that members won’t have to weigh in on a controversial issue before the election.

Kosek said council needs more transparency. She said she has seen council vote on ordinances without explaining their positions.

“Also, they livestream every council meeting, but you can’t see a replay,” Kosek said. “The meeting minutes aren’t available until they are approved two weeks later. It wouldn’t be that difficult to retain the video and replay it for two weeks until the next meeting.”

Kosek said she would also like to see the city add more family-friendly amenities.

“Broadview Heights and Berea have splashpads, but we don’t,” Kosek said. “We should also have a (handicapped-accessible) playground. I believe we can get grant money.”

The complete article is available here.

Thanks to the SECPTA for Hosting the Candidates’ Forum Last Night

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Thank you for the Strongsville Early Childhood PTA for hosting the Candidates’ Forum last night.  I really appreciated the opportunity to talk with the PTA members and their guests about the future for Strongsville.  It was a very relaxed atmosphere and we really got discuss important issues about the city and about the campaign.  Plus, there were Nothing Bundt Cakes and other homemade (!!) treats.

This was the first time in a while that SECPTA hosted a candidates’ night and I hope that they make it an annual event!

 

Join Me at the Strongsville Early Childhood PTA Candidates’ Q&A Tonight

The Strongsville Early Childhood PTA is hosting a City Council Candidate’s Night at 7:30 this evening (October 17).  The event will be held at the Strongsville High School in the Mustang Room.  Mom and boys

I look forward to talking with concerned residents about Strongsville’s future.  I’ve been looking forward to talking with moms and dads about how we can make Strongsville more welcoming for young families.  And I want to hear your concerns and ideas.  If you can join us, please come.  The event is open to the public.  I hope you to see you there!

Do You Oppose More Retail and Restaurants on Royalton Road?

I’ve spoken to many Strongsville residents who agree that we don’t need more retail or restaurants in Strongsville–especially on the already traffic-congested Royalton Road.

KellywithLogoOn Monday, October 16 at City Council, there will be a Public Hearing on the proposal to re-zone the Royalton road parcel–where the former Medical Mutual building is–to add more retail and restaurants. Adding retail and restaurants there will multiple traffic headaches on 82 and have an adverse impact on the neighboring Ledgewood community.  Ledgewood residents are very concerned about flood issues.

The Council meeting starts at 8 pm. Caucus starts at 7:15 pm. Please come out and be heard. I hope to see you there!

Reject the status quo; vote Kelly Kosek for Strongsville City Council.

 

City Council Considering Re-zoning Again

On September 12, City Council held a committee of the whole meeting to discuss a potential residential development in the southwest corner of Strongsville. To go forward with the project, the developer needs City Council to approve re-zoning vacant industrial land as residential land. This would be accomplished through a council vote.
 
As I’ve said before, I’m concerned about re-zoning land without a good reason and I think Strongsville needs to have a strategic plan for its future development, rather than just re-zoning land in a indiscriminate manner.  Industry adds to Strongsville’s tax base in a way that residential homes cannot. Moreover, I am concerned about the traffic and flooding implications of a residential development of this magnitude. Because I am a proponent of transparency and residents’ involvement in our government, I am putting a link to the meeting minutes here, so you can read them for yourself.
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Kelly and her family

As a resident, I am concerned about eliminating significant industrially zoned acreage.  Industrial land provides a significant tax base and by re-zoning this land as residential, Strongsville would be eliminating future tax revenue in favor of more residential homes, which don’t provide the same kinds of tax benefits.  I am also concerned about the potential for more traffic congestion and flooding issues.

I have not yet seen an official proposal for this development, but I am skeptical that it is the right step for Strongsville’s future.  I am running for City Council because I think we need a City Council that focuses on the future and understands that decisions like this one will have long-term ramifications for our residents and families.  If you agree with me, please vote Kelly Kosek on November 7.
Cleveland.com ran an article about the meeting as well, if you are interested in learning more.