As you know the property located at 8997 Darrow Road, commonly referred to as the Twinsburg Old School, was recently demolished. I realize this is an incredibly emotional issue. I’m putting this post together simply to clear up some questions that I’ve gotten from several residents as it pertains to the ordinance.
You can read the official language of the ordinance here: 111-17 Award bid for Demolition of Old School to Bertolini or via MyTwinsburg.com.
There seems to be come confusion around whether or not this ordinance was passed as an emergency.
This was NOT passed as an emergency. It was read on three occasions:
- First Reading: November 14th, 2017 City Council Meeting
- Second Reading: November 28th, 2017 City Council Meeting
- Third Reading: December 5th, 2017 City Council Meeting
The Legislation accepting the bids for the asbestos abatement and the demolition of the Old School were presented to Council at the same time. Both items related to the City accepting publicly bid contracts. At the time, the City’s Law Director recommended that since the asbestos mitigation was a necessary first step, we should approve the mitigation as an emergency and allow the demolition to proceed for three readings and further recommended that Council pass as a NON-emergency.
Ordinance 111-2017 was read for its third and final time at the December 5th, 2017 meeting and passed. This was not done as an emergency and the 30 day waiting period applied. Thus the legislation did not become effective until January 4th, 2018.
Videos of the three readings are below.
First Reading November 14th, 2017
Discussion starts at 51 minutes 44 seconds (video will start there)
Second Reading November 28th, 2017
Discussion starts at the 52 minutes 13 second mark (video will start there)
Third Reading December 5th, 2017
Discussion starts at the 18 minutes 5 second mark (video will start there)
I hope this clears up the confusion about whether or not this legislation was passed on emergency.