Cuyahoga Falls City Council on Monday, Feb. 13, voted to delay a decision on starting a $3.75 million overhaul of the city's three downtown parking garages. The vote was 6-5 along party lines (six Republicans; five Democrats).
Councilman Jeff Iula (R-at large), chairman of the public and industrial improvements committee, made the motion, stating he wanted the ordinance to go back to committee for further discussion. Iula said more time was needed to review the cost of the project after new information was received that day. He said the issue could be discussed, brought out and voted on all in one meeting on Feb. 21.
Paul Colavecchio (D-at large) asked why the issue could not be discussed that night (Feb. 13). Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-2) said calling such a meeting without advance public notice would be a violation of the Sunshine Law.
City Engineer Tony Demasi said he had planned to begin working with contractors on the project designs the next day, Feb. 14, and holding the vote will delay the project which was already on a "condensed schedule."
City Finance Director Bryan Hoffman said the parking garage project is separate from the city's proposed Downtown Transformation Project to open up the city's pedestrian mall and bring back two-way traffic to Front and Second streets.