Akron ohio news – new district 1 representative promising frugality

DOWNTOWN AKRON — As the eldest of nine children, new Summit County Council District 1 representative Ron Koehler learned early about frugality. Dripping springs isd jobs It was a lesson he said stuck with him into adulthood and a virtue he expects to apply to his work on Council.

Seeing estimates for replacing representatives’ chairs in Council chambers, Koehler, a self-employed attorney, said he made the mental comparison to his own office furniture expenditures. Prices paving He said he recently replaced all six of his 27-year-old conference room chairs for less than the estimate for one new Council chair.

The proposed replacement of Council chairs has not been finalized, according to Council Chief of Staff Mark Potter. Indoor basketball courts open to the public The chairs being considered for replacement are more than 20 years old and in “various states of wear and functionality,” Potter added.

Koehler, a Republican from Macedonia, said he often found ways to pare expenses on day-to-day items during the two years he was deputy director and director of the Summit County Board of Elections. Planning a garden layout He pledged to watch county expenditures the same way, being “careful about spending taxpayer money on things that don’t need to be purchased.”

The county has enough fiscal challenges. Landscape design online free State cuts in local government funding have been difficult to overcome and could get worse, Koehler said, with a federally mandated elimination of sales tax on Medicaid managed care organizations. Justbats coupon Although Gov. Timber merchants leicester John Kasich’s 2018-19 budget proposal contains transitional support that would replace the lost revenue, the provision must be approved by the General Assembly.

The reduction of state money for local government means counties have to come up with ways to spend less money and still maintain services like safe county jail operations, one of Koehler’s priorities, he said.

“I think it’s important to have people who work at the jail and people who are incarcerated there to be safe,” said Koehler, adding it’s also important to have enough capacity at the jail so the county is not “putting people on the street that shouldn’t be on the street.”

“My concern is the county has to take the problem we have with heroin seriously and not just hope it’s going to blow over. Asphalt and rubber We’re losing young and old to heroin and we need to do more than just zap them with Narcan,” he said.

Another priority for Koehler will be to work with the leaders of the two cities, five villages and five townships that make up District 1. Football season is here In the West Side Leader coverage area, District 1 includes Boston and Richfield townships and Peninsula and Richfield villages.

Koehler said he will begin attending local government meetings to forge a connection with each community and hopes to attend at least two meetings a year in each community.

One of three attorneys elected in November to County Council, Koehler has a solo law practice in Coventry. Drip coffee His work centers on estate planning, guardianships, wills and trusts. Masonry supply stores near me He said he thinks his training and nearly 30 years of experience as a lawyer will be a help to his fellow Council representatives, particularly when it comes to analyzing and drafting legislation.

Elected to his first County Council term in November, Koehler replaces three-term District 1 representative Nick Kostandaras. Watch baseball online free live stream Kostandaras, a Richfield Democrat, lost his bid for a fourth County Council term when Rita Darrow, another Macedonia resident, won the District 1 Democratic Primary Election.

Koehler joins District 3 representative Gloria Rodgers as one of two Republicans on Council. Pitch dark However, he said he would be able to work with Council’s nine Democrats for the good of the county.

The 56-year-old Koehler has been a Macedonia resident since he and his wife, Kathy, married in 2012. Leaders furniture The community was a compromise between his former residence in Springfield and his wife’s former home in Chesterland.

“We got married in Macedonia, bought a house in Macedonia and we’ve been there since 2012,” said Koehler, who has three adult children and two grandchildren. Free landscape design software online “It’s just a wonderful community. Wicker man We love it.”