TWINSBURG – City Council president Sam Scaffide is ready to step into the acting mayor’s role upon Mayor Ted Yates’ departure, and it should be known soon when the changeover will occur.
Yates, 53, has accepted the village manager post in Islamorada, a Florida Keys community with a population of about 6,400. He told City Council on May 10 that he could know when he will start his new duties by Council’s May 24 meeting.
Scaffide has served on Council for nearly 20 years. He was reelected to the Ward 1 seat in 2019, and his current term runs through 2023.
He currently is service director in Glenwillow, and has been service director for Reminderville and Brunswick. He also was employed by the Summit County engineer’s office and city of Bedford Heights
In the event of a mayoral vacancy, the city charter says if the mayor’s remaining term is more than six months the Council president would serve as acting mayor until the next election. In this case, that would be in November.
Whoever wins in the fall then would fill out the mayor’s term, which runs until the end of 2023, on a full-time basis. Scaffide noted he plans to run in November. Until then, he will retain his Council seat, but must give up his post as president.
“I was really surprised that the mayor is leaving,” said Scaffide. “He has had the best interests of the community in mind, and he’s done the best he could. I’m hoping for a smooth transition.”
Scaffide said his first step in that transition is getting used to the city staff, and seeing that they are comfortable with him.
Yates told Council the mayor’s post “is one of the most rewarding things I’ve been a part of. I’ve been tremendously blessed to work here. It’s an amazing community in which to raise a family, and it will always have a special place in my heart.”
He said making the decision to leave Twinsburg was “a long and difficult process. It will be a big life change and career change. The well wishes I’ve received have been overwhelming and very emotional. It will be hard to leave.”
In action at the May 10 session, Council amended the 2022 appropriations to add $8,350 the city received from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to allow the fire department to purchase Knox boxes. This allows first responders immediate access to secure buildings, campuses, residences and commercial properties during an emergency situation.
The additional FEMA amount brings the city’s federal fire grant fund to $106,350.
Council OK’d a memorandum of understanding with the patrolmen, sergeants and dispatchers units of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Assn. to add Juneteenth to the list of 12 other holidays recognized in the collective bargaining agreement.
The sale of a long list of surplus and no longer needed city equipment and furnishings via in-person or online auction was authorized.
Heading to second reading is an ordinance amending the policy for handling contracts for capital improvement projects valued at between $25,000 and $50,000.
The policy stipulates that when an expenditure for a capital improvement project is between those amounts, the mayor must obtain three quotes.
However, the policy need not be adhered to if (1) the expenditure is for personal or professional services, (2) it is made pursuant to a cooperative purchasing program or (3) it is not possible to obtain three quotes.
If the mayor enters into a contract for a capital improvement project pursuant to this policy, then he or she must notify Council of his or her action.
Yates presented a proclamation to 2022 Twinsburg High graduate Drake Gansler for earning his Eagle Scout award. Dansler’s project was upgrading a playground at a Bedford school.
The mayor announced June 25 will be a community shred day from 9 a.m. to noon at the service department complex.
Assistant Fire Chief Steve Bosso reported the department handled 311 total calls for service in April. The total for the first four months of 2022 was 1,252, up 20 percent from 2021.
Finance director Sarah Buccigross reported the city has received more than $600,000 in grants this year for roads and the police and fire departments.
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