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Going Through the Motions: Sept. 11-12 and 18, 2007

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If you thought Dan Rooney would blow his O-ring when the new casino was green-lighted for the North Side, imagine what will happen if a proposed nudie bar makes its way next door to the gambling parlor.

A developer has filed an application to open a gentlemen's club at 1025 Beaver St. (insert joke here). Following the Sept. 17 council meeting, Councilor Tonya Payne said she had spoken to the developer, Bernard Taylor, and warned him not to "spemd time on this until you engage the community."

The bar would be a statutorily permitted use for the location, Payne said, but added that she would stand on whichever side of the issue the residents took. "All of the comments I've heard so far have been negative," she added.

The bar would first go through the city planning commission and then on to city council for a public hearing and final action. Payne said council members usually go along with the decision of the councilor representing the district. Even if council votes down the club, it can still be appealed to Common Pleas Court. Payne says the issue will be discussed at a community meeting she has scheduled in the North Side for October.

Up this Week

Bill 2007-1741: Council's first weeks back from break have been pretty quiet, but a couple of interesting items are up for discussion Sept. 19, and for a tentative final vote on Sept. 25.

It's been months since city council told Animal Control to bring the job of wildlife euthanasia in-house.

The Animal Rescue League did the job until earlier this year, when the group decided that taking on that task for the city was against its general mission of not killing animals. At that time, council wanted the city to begin taking over the duties, but the Ravenstahl administration decided to enter into an agreement with Triangle Pet Services.

That deal lasted about four days in June, when council again ordered the task be taken in-house. Now after much thumb-buttery, wild animals are one step closer to getting eighty-sixed by city employees.

This bill authorizes an agreement with local veterinarian John Stepusin to lead the set-up and oversight of the city's wildlife-management program. The set-up and administration of the program will cost about $135,000 for the next three years.

Bill 2007-1744: City Council will also be discussing a proposal by the Ravenstahl administration to hold a one-day auction to find the city's electricity supplier. The city currently pays about $5 million annually for electricity and is hoping to save 10 to 20 percent.

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