Brunswick Council honors community members in first meeting since summer break

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In its first meeting following a month-long summer recess, Brunswick City Council members honored a number of community

BRUNSWICK ----In its first meeting following a month-long summer recess, Brunswick City Council members honored a number of community members with mayoral proclamations, including Stephanie Mueller for efforts to end prostate cancer; Casey Ring, in recognition of International Week of the Deaf; and local businessman and Brunswick Hills Township Trustee, Michael Esber, on his recent retirement.

Referring to Esber as a "legendary businessman and politician," Mayor Ron Falconi congratulated Esber and thanked him for the role he has played as both over the past 45 years. Esber gave credit to the community at large.

"Without the community I never would have made it 45 years," he said. "So I want to thank the people."

Vice-mayor Patricia Hanek presented Ring with his proclamation, pointing out that she and her family has personally known Ring and his family for many years.

"He graduated from Brunswick High School, played on the football team, and we are all very proud of him," Hanek said during her introduction.

The mayor's proclamation specifically recognized the culture and language of the deaf as well as the contributions of those with hearing impairments.

Ring signed his appreciation, noting that he now works at a community center for the deaf in Cleveland.

"I am a big advocate, so when I see something that is not correct, I really want to correct it," he said, before encouraging members of council and the community to contact him when they have similar concerns.

Cleaning services contract

In addition to moving 10 pieces of legislation to second and third readings, council approved a motion seek bids for janitorial services at the Brunswick Recreation and Fitness Center and the Police Department/City Hall building.

Administrative Services Manager Julie Murawski explained that the city is currently under contract with one company, Triangle Services, to clean both facilities. The two contracts are set to expire Feb. 18, 2018.

"So we would like to go out to bid and possibly get two new contracts," she said. "And nothing says we have to have the same company for both places."

Ward 4 Councilman Anthony Capretta asked how the company had been performing.

"With the police department and city hall, we have no concerns at all," Murawski said. "The Rec Center, that's kind of an animal unto itself."

She went on to explain that the city has "had challenges" with Triangle, but these problems have been similar to ones experienced with past cleaning firms and Triangle has corrected each of the concerns as they have been brought to the company's attention.

"We wish we would not have had (the problems) in the past," Murawski said, without going into detail about the issues themselves. "But it says something for the company that they have corrected them."

Parks and Recreation Director John Piepsny added, "I would second that."

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